Some lucky California sea lions now have a second chance at life back in the ocean!
Enjoy video of the journey to the Farallones shot and edited by Ken Fisher of Truth Be Told!
While much of the nation was baking in triple digit heat this week, at PIER 39 in San Francisco, folks boarding a sightseeing boat, called the Kitty Kat, bundled up in layers in preparation for the windy, cold and wet conditions they would soon experience at sea. Some of our own volunteer rescuers and five California sea lion passengers joined that group for a journey 27 miles out from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands - a beautiful wildlife refuge. They saw many species of marine mammals including gray, blue and humpback whales, elephant seals, sea lions and fur seals, as well as countless numbers of Tufted Puffins and Common Murres.
The five sea lions on board the Kitty Kat were returning to their ocean home! All were former patients at our marine mammal hospital - young pups that were found malnourished on beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. Some also suffered from abcesses that made them ill. After about an hour or so of traveling, the boat arrived at the drop off destination. A whale, most likely a blue, thrilled passengers with its elusive appearance just above the waterline.
One by one, our volunteers maneuvered the five carriers over to the open side of the boat. As each carrier door was opened, the sea lion inside jumped right out and gracefully dived into the choppy water, much to the delight of the passengers and our volunteers. Here's the young sea lion "passenger" list:
- Moulden– male pup admitted 5/14/12 from Coast Guard Jetty in Monterey County. Treated for malnutrition.
- Anchor – male pup admitted 5/15/12 from Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf in Santa Cruz County. Treated for malnutrition and an abscess.
- Timkane– male pup admitted 5/17/12 from Marina State Beach in Monterey County. Treated for malnutrition.
- Sardenia – male pup admitted on 5/29/12 from Fernside Blvd in Alameda County. Treated for malnutrition, an abscess and trauma to the left eye.
- Sierra– male pup admitted 6/10/12 from Moss Landing Harbor in Monterey County. Treated for malnutrition and an abscess.
Thank you to the owners of the Kitty Kat for use of their boat!