The malnourished eight-month-old pup was wriggling along the beach when she found an open door into the Marine Room in La Jolla and took a seat at an empty booth.
The pup was later taken to SeaWorld's Animal Rescue Center, and experts say, though she's severely underweight and dehydrated, she'll likely recover.
This is far from the first emaciated sea lion SeaWorld staff have rescued this year. There's been a surge in sea lion mortality over the past year, with marine biologists collecting thousands of sick, starving, stranded or dead pups. So far this year, SeaWorld has rescued 47 sea lions and other marine mammals.