MERCURY NEWS

MORRO BAY, Calif.—The killers who decapitated a sea otter and elephant seal at Morro Strand State Beach are being sought by California wardens.

Department of Fish and Game wardens say the headless mammals were found on the beach this week. An agency biologist says the decapitations took place Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

Sea otters and elephant seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The sea otter is also listed as a fully protected species under state law and as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

There are no arrests.

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