A man who says he once saved three sea lions by leaping into the water to catch one has told how he has become a “wonderful ally” to sea lions in Australia.
Alicia, a 60-year-old father of two, has taken part in the charity Sea Life Australia’s Sea Life Awareness Day program.
The man, who asked not to be named, said he had been keeping an eye on sea lions near his home in the Sunshine Coast, north of Melbourne, and when he heard one came running he jumped in the water and caught it.
“I jumped in there because I thought he was a baby and I didn’t know if it was going to come in,” he said.
“The water was quite shallow so I didn´t know if I could actually pull it out.”
But when I got to the water, the sea lion was already gone.
“The man said he helped rescue another sea lion from the water by holding its leg out in front of it.
Sea Life Australia says sea lions can be aggressive, especially when cornered, but he said he was glad the man had stepped in to help him and save the sea lions life.”
When he did it, it was like he was in a movie,” he told news.com.au.”
He was just a really cool person.
“Ms Aitken said she was “really impressed” with the man’s generosity and that he had shown the charity the value of its work by taking part in Sea Life events.”
That’s really the first time I’ve ever heard of someone giving money away to Sea Life,” she said.
The Sea Life charity says it receives about $7 million a year in donations from around the world.