Elephant seal repeatedly tries to cross California freeway for two days

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SAN FRANCISCO — A wayward seal in Northern California is still swimming in an area near a highway and apparently looking for another chance to cross the road.

The Marine Mammal Center plans to launch a rescue worker in a kayak Tuesday morning and use bullhorns to yell at the seal in an attempt to scare it back into open water.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that wildlife experts and law enforcement officials on Monday worked to keep the determined elephant seal off a Sonoma County highway that it has repeatedly tried to cross, snarling traffic in the area.

The California Highway Patrol warned the two-lane highway could be shut down if the portly pinniped tried to charge across the thoroughfare again.

On Monday afternoon, the mammal center dispatched a rescue team, as did the San Pablo Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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