The trapped animal is C697, and the plan is to put him to death. This, despite news that the Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas has agreed to take two sea lions.
One more important detail: While it was dark and stormy this morning at 5am, the boats that came to retrieve the trapped animal and transport him to his death left their running lights off the entire time. Sneaking out under cover of darkness, they braved unsafe and illegal running conditions in the rainy pre-dawn with their running lights off, to remove the sea lion. By the time the sun came up, the trap was empty and re-set, and no one would have been the wiser about the removal except that SLDB monitors were alerted by the clanging gate of the trap and watched from the bank.
As one monitor stated once the sun was finally up, "Well. Looks like nothing happened here."
I guess they don't want the media or the public to know what they are doing. They figure that if people don't find out until days later, when it's too late to do anything about it, no one will care.