Rehabilitated sea lion returns to the wild

CREDIT: SeaWorld

SAN DIEGO (WCMH)–A sea lion pup found in an upscale San Diego restaurant in February was released back into the ocean on Wednesday.

The pup, nicknamed “Marina,” was malnourished, and spent two months rehabilitating at SeaWorld San Diego. A video shared on Tuesday shows Marina return to the ocean after being fully rehabilitated.

“When Marina was rescued, she was extremely malnourished and dehydrated and weighed only 20 pounds,” SeaWorld wrote on its website. “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.”

The man who found Marina, chef Bernard Guillas, was there to send her off. SeaWorld said Guillas and other employees of The Marine Room restaurant came to visit the little sea lion while she was recovering.

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