The State Government says a sea lion attack on two children in Lancelin on the weekend has not changed its plans for a proposed sea lion swimming trial in Jurien Bay, which is still in a public consultation stage. Two children were attacked by a sea lion while swimming on a Lancelin beach on Sunday, suffering non-life threatening injuries. It was revealed in September the State Government was proposing a trial of allowing people to swim close to sea lions in Jurien Bay with the supervision of a licensed expert. A government spokesperson said the attack was a reminder of why the public had to stay 50 metres away from sea lions when in the water. “Sea lion attacks are rare but they are large, wild animals, which is why minimum separation distances are recommended to reduce safety risks,” they said. The spokesperson said these restrictions would remain in place for the trial, if it goes ahead, unless the swimmer was with a trained expert who would be working closely with the government. “If the trial goes ahead, operators involved in interactions with sea lions will be licensed by DBCA (Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction),” they said. “We need to make sure safety is a priority in how human interactions are managed with wildlife, including seals and sea lions.” Public comment on the proposed trial is open until November 15.