Southern sea otter Paddlewan was spotted in the ocean looking weak, exhausted and much too skinny. Wave after wave, his tiny body was tossed around by the surf. After he was rescued and brought to our hospital, our experts noticed that Paddlewan was trembling and struggling to feed himself. This sea otter was suffering from Sarcocystis, a deadly parasite that can cause severe muscle weakness and make it difficult for an animal to eat or breathe. Thankfully, he received life-saving food, medicine and other supportive care in the nick of time. After more than two months of treatment, Paddlewan had regained his strength and feisty attitude typical of southern sea otters. He underwent a final release exam and was fitted with a special tracking tag, so our experts could continue to monitor his progress in the wild and better protect this threatened species.
photo © The Marine Mammal Center / USFWS permit MA101713-1
- Age at Admit
- Weight at Admit
- 10.60 kgs
- Rescue Location
- Moss Landing State Beach (Bennett Slough) - Moss Landing, Monterey
- Release Date
- Release Location
- Moss Landing Harbor - Moss Landing, Monterey
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