This young Pacific harbor porpoise was rescued from Crescent Beach in Del Norte County weighing only 68 pounds – half the weight of a healthy harbor porpoise his age. In addition to pneumonia, Garber suffered from severe muscle and skeletal problems, possibly as a result of his stranding. Our specially trained volunteers provided 24-hour care, monitoring his heart rate, respirations and helping Garber to swim. Within a few weeks, the shy porpoise began to improve and was able to float without the support of a foam sling. After three months of intensive rehabilitation in partnership with Marine World Africa USA, Garber was released just outside of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco among a pod of wild harbor porpoises.
Thank you for your generous donation and for making a difference in the life of a marine mammal like this former patient.