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Rumpers: Rescued in the Nick of Time

Rumpers goes "Home for the Holidays" on November 23, 2010!

Rumpers is released to the sea at Pt. Reyes, California.
© Dina Warren


Happily, Rumpers' story had a happy ending and he was returned to his ocean home. Although he had been rescued from a difficult entanglement in a netting around his neck, Rumpers was rescued by The Marine Mammal Center and recovered in time to return home for the holidays!

Rumpers was released just two days before Thanksgiving at Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes, California. As soon as Rumpers' travel carrier was carefully unloaded onto the ramp, Rumpers thoughtfully sniffed the wind and took a look around his new environment. He then made a quick dash into the water. Bobbing for a moment in the waves, he gave one last look back at shore and then turned and dove deep into his ocean home. 

How often does the Center treat ocean trash patients? Last year, about 11% of the Center's patients were admitted because of an entanglement or ocean trash-related injury.  Want to help other patients like Rumpers?  You can help feed and care for our patients through our Meals, Meds and Miracles program!    

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Rumpers is a male California sea lion that was found entangled in green netting at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, CA.
© Nancy Williams

Rumpers, a male California sea lion, was spotted at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, CA, entangled in this dense green netting that dangerously encircled his neck. Only a yearling, Rumpers was rescued by volunteers from The Marine Mammal Center on November 3, 2010 and taken directly to the hospital where veterinary staff removed the thick netting from around his neck.  Now Rumpers is being cared for around-the-clock as his two centimeter wound from the entanglement is treated and allowed to heal.  Moderately underweight upon his arrival at the Center, Rumpers is now eating well and gaining weight.  With the Center’s tender loving care and a little luck, he may be able to return to his ocean home in time for the holidays!

Rumpers really needs your help to get better. While at the hospital, he'll eat many pounds of fish a day.  Each pound of fish costs a dollar.  If you donate $10, Rumpers gets 10 pounds of fish in return which is about one meal's worth of food for him.  In fact, Rumpers will need a lot of food in order to put on enough weight to be considered strong enough to return home. This is because the netting had prevented Rumpers from being able to swim and look for food as he normally would. Now Rumpers can regain the weight he lost and get back to where he belongs.

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About Ocean Trash

Ocean trash is one of the biggest environmental problems our planet is currently facing. In 2009, the Center contributed to two reports on the subject. One of these reports looked at the growing number of fishing gear-related injuries to marine wildlife and found that 267 species of marine life had been affected by entanglement in or ingestion of fishing gear. Not surprisingly, this has been identified as a major cause of morbidity and mortality in some populations.  Happily, though, 70% of pinniped cases were successfully rehabilitated and released. 

Since 1975, the Center has rescued hundreds of patients suffering from human-caused problems and injuries, including those trapped in ocean trash.  Rumper's entanglement story is unfortunately not all that unique. In 2009, approximately 11% of the patients were admitted as a result of an entanglement or ocean trash-related injury.  Specifically, in 2009, 183 marine mammals were rescued due to negative human interaction.  Ten of those 183 were caught in netting.  Four were victims of fishing line, and 76 suffered from fishing hooks or lures.  Finally, 18 had stranded as a result of some kind of ocean trash issue.  The remaining marine mammals had problems with things like oil, tar, gunshots or other types of human harassment.

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