Last updated: 06:27 PM ET, Wed April 20 2016

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  • April 20, 2016 6:27 PM ET

    Check Please! Marina the Sea Lion’s Inspiring Return

    Check Please! Marina the Sea Lion’s Inspiring Return

    After two months of rehabilitation at SeaWorld San Diego, the sea lion pup nicknamed “Marina” that was rescued from a restaurant in California back in February was returned to the ocean.
    When Marina was rescued, she was extremely malnourished and dehydrated and weighed only 20 pounds. In fact, she was considered a “micro pup,” meaning she weighed half of what would be considered a healthy sea lion pup. Marina also suffered from an unknown eye injury.
    Following eight weeks of veterinary and rehabilitative care from the experts at SeaWorld San Diego, Marina has been nursed back to health, making this an exciting recovery for everyone involved. Her eye has healed, she has gained more than 25 pounds and is now at a healthy weight, and she has demonstrated the ability to forage for food on her own! That means she was ready to be released back in to her ocean home.

    However, Marina was not the only sea lion returned to the ocean. Eight other rescued sea lions were also returned after being rehabilitated. Due to El Niño and an ongoing Unusual Mortality Event with California sea lions, the SeaWorld Rescue Team is continuing to see a higher-than-normal number of strandings on local beaches.
    So far in 2016, SeaWorld San Diego has rescued more than 300 marine mammals, compared to 150 to 200 rescues made in a normal year. If you see an animal that appears to be ill, injured or abandoned, please alert local authorities or call SeaWorld’s Rescue Hotline at (800) 541-SEAL.

    This story originally appeared on the SeaWorld Cares website.


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