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Lapawi the Oiled Fur Seal



Thanks To You, This Oil Covered Fur Seal Recovered!

Lapawi, Guadalupe fur seal, the Marine Mammal Center
Lapawi is back in the wild after receiving medical care at The Marine Mammal Center.
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Related Story: You can read about Olive-the-oiled-sea-otter's amazing story here, including an interview with the Center's Dr. Bill Van Bonn on why her recovery and the birth of her pup is so remarkable!

In April 2011, The Marine Mammal Center rescued Lapawi, a Guadalupe fur seal. Normally found around Guadalupe Island and the Channel Islands, rescuers knew something was wrong when they saw him on the mainland far from home. Covered in tar and oil, he was severely underweight and desperately needed our help.

During his time at the Center, Lapawi was delicately and routinely cared for by our hospital crew volunteers and veterinary staff. He was carefully cleaned many times with Dawn Dishwashing liquid, given fluids, put on a robust diet and monitored throughout his stay. With six weeks of the Center’s TLC Lapawi was healthy and strong enough to go back to the wild where he belonged. But this little guy was one of the lucky ones. He was a victim of human carelessness, caught in our pollution, and only because he was spotted by a passerby, who knew to call us, was he rescued and rehabilitated by The Marine Mammal Center.

After 6 weeks of cleaning, medication, fish and rest at our specially-designed hospital, Lapawi went back to the wild - strong, healthy, and tar and oil free!  

Lapawi is just one of the hundreds of marine mammals we rescue and treat every year that are victims of human carelessness. Approximately 10% of our animal patients come to us because of human-caused injuries such as entanglements in trash, harassment on beaches, and even getting shot!


We're only able to care for these animals because caring people like you donate. Here's how your donations help:

  • $10 = 1 pup a fish meal or fish milkshake
  • $25 = 1 meal & meds for a hungry seal pup
  • $50 = 5 meals for a pup (about a day of food) 

    Help a marine mammal today!

    Related links:

    Read about Olive the sea otter and her new pup!
    Read about other fur seal patients "Autumn" and "Cliff Kringle"

    Oil Spill Response and Marine Mammals
    Dawn's Junior wildlife Champions



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