Days-old harbor seal pup Beemer Cruise was scooped off a beach in Monterey by a vacationing family in an RV. When volunteers at The Marine Mammal Center got word of the harbor seal hostage, they sprang into action. With no rescue trucks available at the time, they chased the RV down the highway in a BMW and encouraged the family to pull over. When confronted in a shopping center parking lot, the family handed over the pup in a basket of dirty laundry.
The harbor seal pup was brought to The Marine Mammal Center and named “Beemer Cruise.” An admit exam confirmed that Beemer Cruise was healthy and shouldn’t have been taken off the beach. However, without proper care, Beemer Cruise wouldn’t be able to survive without her mother.
Beemer Cruise was so young that volunteers had to feed her a special milk formula for several weeks before introducing her to whole fish. After two months of rehabilitation at the Center, Beemer Cruise was able to return to the wild where she belonged.