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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, January 21, 2009

Long Time No See

It's always nice when we spot a former patient doing well out in the wild population after release. Recently, a sub-adult male California sea lion was sighted out at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey. The sea lion had an old entanglement scar and an orange tag on his left front flipper, which indicated he was once treated by The Marine Mammal Center. So the Center's Stranding Department took some photos and did a little research back in the office to determine his history.

"Seinet" was originally reported to the Center on 11/28/06 down in Monterey with a black rubber band cutting into his neck. The rescue team made numerous attempts to rescue him and was finally successful in capturing this animal on 2/2/07. He was disentangled, tagged, and immediately released again. Clearly, he's been doing OK ever since!

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