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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Large Sea Lion Gets Ultrasound

The Center's Dr. Frances Gulland works on an adult California sea lion receiving an ultrasound

Yesterday, the Center admitted a very large patient to its hospital- a 478 lb. adult male California sea lion. The sheer size of an adult male California sea lion always causes a stir among volunteers and staff when one is admitted, and this case was no different. The animal, nicknamed "Dan Perry" had been rescued near Santa Cruz County's Seabright State Beach on November 17th, where it was found lying lethargic and displaying labored breathing. He was rescued by volunteers from the Center's Monterey Bay Operations and transferred to the Sausalito hospital the next day. Today, veterinarians performed an ultrasound on him to attempt to discover the root of his breathing problems, but did not see any overt cause. Unfortunately, Dan Perry died later in the day. A necropsy may give veterinarians more insight into the condition that may have caused his death.

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