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Pinnipeds Return to the Wild

     

Ten elephant seals and one sea lion bid farewell to onlookers at Point Reyes as they returned to the ocean.

May 9, 2012

Pinniped Release Slide 01

Volunteers prepare to release a truckload of elephant seals.
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.

Pinniped Release Slide 02

Elephant seal pups look forward to their release.
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.

Pinniped Release Slide 03

One of the elephant seal pups descends the ramp to the beach.
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.

Pinniped Release Slide 04

Onlookers at Chimney Rock watch as the elephant seals are unloaded from the truck.
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.

Pinniped Release Slide 05

An elephant seal pup on the beach at Chimney Rock.
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.

Pinniped Release Slide 06

An elephant seal back in the ocean!
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.

Pinniped Release Slide 07

Elephant seals pups make their way into the surf.
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.

Pinniped Release Slide 08

And here comes Farewell the sea lion!
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.

Pinniped Release Slide 09

Farewell goes back to the wild at Chimney Rock.
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.

Pinniped Release Slide 10

Farewell jumps into the surf. Free again!
Photo by Mike Adaskaveg © The Marine Mammal Center.


As you can see from the slideshow above, it was quite the "A list" of attendees at Wednesday's release event at Point Reyes National Seashore. In all, ten elephant seal weaners and one subadult California sea lion (nicknamed Farewell) were the stars as they all lumbered off of our trucks and headed for the cool ocean water.

The attendees:

Hadrian – Female elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from Esplanade Beach in San Mateo County.
Afterstorm – Male elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from Pismo Beach in San Luis Obispo County.
Toxie – Female elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from San Simeon Beach in San Luis Obispo County.
Goldie – Male elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from Baker Beach in San Francisco County.
Gherkin – Male elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from Dunes Beach in San Mateo County.
Lee-Seal - Male elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from Del Monte Beach in Monterey County.
Figwit - Male elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from Seascape Resort in Santa Cruz County.
Berserk - Female elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from Spanish Bay in Monterey County.
Inara - Male elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from Carmel River State Beach in Monterey County.
Tulip - Female elephant seal treated for malnutrition, rescued from Santa Cruz Boardwalk Beach in Santa Cruz County.
Farewell - Male sea lion treated for malnutrition, rescued from Capitola City Beach in Santa Cruz County.

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