Wayward sea lion goes viral

A sea lion was seen frolicking in a flooded parking lot near Duncan earlier this week.

The large sea mammal was spotted in the parking lot next to the Trans-Canada Highway by Rhonda Vertefeuille, who was out for a hike.

She said the sea lion swam right up to the estuary entrance before turning around and finding its way back to open water.

"It's incredible this creature found his way right up to the highway," Vertefeuille told CTV News.

The Youbou woman quickly grabbed her smartphone and took a short video of the wayward sea lion.

She later posted it to Facebook where it has since taken off, garnering more than 1,300 shares and tens of thousands of views.

"That's really neat that so many people are intrigued by this creature's journey," she said. "Supernatural British Columbia. It never ceases to amaze me."

The Somenos Marsh Conservation Area was flooded by a deluge of rain that prompted flood warnings and advisories up and down Vancouver Island.

- with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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