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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Social Climber

Above, Gnort scales an 8 foot fence and does a swan dive into a neighbor's pool. Photos: Ingrid Overgard

The 2008 Animal of the Year is Gnort, a California sea lion. In case there was any doubt about sea lions' agility, Gnort provides photographic proof of their abilities when he decides to climb over a chain-link fence to join the sea lion in the adjacent pen. Gnort, an adult male California sea lion, stranded in Moss Landing in October 2008. Tipping the scales at 320 lbs., Gnort was treated for acute domoic acid toxicity. After having seizures upon arrival, he was given a course of phenobarbital. Once the medication had worn off, Gnort indicated he was feeling better by climbing over our 8 foot chain link fence and doing a swan dive into his neighboring sea lion’s pool. After a brief 2 week stay at the Center, Gnort was successfully released back into the wild.


John W. Wall said...

I'm always amazed to see how high they climb up on sea stacks like Seal Rocks. This is a great sequence to catch on film.

Ethan said...

Gnort is awesome. That is hilarious!