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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/

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tromar Returns to the Wild

Tromar recuperates at The Marine Mammal Center.

Tromar is a marine debris entanglement story that thankfully has a happy ending.

Tromar is a male California sea lion that became entangled in a green multifilament netting. The Marine Mammal Center rescued him from Its Beach in Santa Cruz on May 25, 2010.
Staff and volunteers at the Center removed the netting and nursed Tromar back to health. As his wounds healed, Tromar slowly became strong enough to return to his ocean home.

On July 7, 2010, the Center brought Tromar to Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes, to be released back into the wild. Along with Tromar, several other California sea lions were released: Paradissi, Mill, Petersen, Vanek, Phobos and Peligro. All of these animals had also been rescued and treated by the Center.

Unfortunately, not all marine mammals entangled in objects that pollute the ocean fare so well. We are all connected to the ocean, and must remember that our actions impact these animals, often all too severely. However, there are many easy things you can incorporate into your daily life to improve the health of the ocean and its inhabitants. Learn what you can do to minimize human impacts on the ocean today!

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