South of Courtenay, an entangled sea lion needs some urgent help in the Fanny Bay area.

Local photographer Netonia Chatelaine says the sea lion appears to have a rope tangled around its neck and the rope is clearly digging into the flesh.

Chatelaine played a key role in the rescue of another sea lion…Kiyo, earlier this year.

Chatelaine says authorities have been contacted.

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(Photo from Netonia Chatelaine)