CARSON - A seal took a wrong turn and wound up roaming a Carson business area where it narrowly escaped being hit by a vehicle navigated by an unsuspecting driver, a sheriff's lieutenant said today.

That driver called the Carson Sheriff's Station at 11:40 p.m. Feb. 9 to report he'd almost hit a seal, said Lt. Chris Bergner.

"Deputies quickly responded and found what appeared to be a baby seal roaming the business area on the southeast corner of Avalon Boulevard and Dominguez Street," Bergner said.

"Deputies were able to corner the seal in front of a business and maintain control of its movement, avoiding injury to the seal or pedestrians and vehicles in the area," he said. "They used body motions, waving their arms, to keep it off the streets."

A representative from El Segundo-based Marine Animal Rescue came quickly to pick up the young seal, and stated it was less than one year old, Bergner said. "He said it was the eighth rescued near the Dominguez Channel since the beginning of the year."

The seal was transported to a rescue center for evaluation, the lieutenant said.