Sometimes, animals rehabilitated at the Center are not releasable back to the wild, but are otherwise healthy animals. These include animals that have some sort of permanent injury that would prohibit them from being able to feed out in the ocean, or animals that re-strand and for some reason or another, cannot take care of themselves in the wild. When this happens, the Center does its best to find the animal a permanent home at a facility like an aquarium or a zoo.
Such was the case with “Seahawk”, a
While it’s not the optimal outcome for animals that are rehabilitated here, it’s fortunate that there are facilities willing to care for animals that otherwise would not survive, and the animals placed in these facilities will go on to educate people about marine mammals.
See photos of Seahawk and his penmates above!