Guadalupe fur seal Fluffy was found in a scary situation: a fishing net was wrapped tightly around his neck. Guadalupe fur seals have one of the highest rates of entanglement in ocean trash among our patients, and experts are concerned that these life-threatening entrapments are harming this threatened species’ chance at recovering. Fortunately, Fluffy was freed from his entanglement and brought to our hospital for critical care. Not only had the fishing net caused painful wounds, but it had also made it difficult for Fluffy to swim properly, so he wasn’t able to catch enough food. But at our hospital, Fluffy was put on a special treatment plan that included plenty of medicine and nutritious fish. After more than three months of care, this once skinny and injured pup transformed into a healthy seal that was released with a second chance at life in the wild.
photo © The Marine Mammal Center / NOAA permit #18786
- Age at Admit
- Weight at Admit
- 11.50 kgs
- Rescue Location
- Santa Barbara Harbor - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
- Malnutrition, Trauma, Human interaction
- Release Date
- Release Location
- Chimney Rock
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