Two sea lion pups were overjoyed recently when their caretakers at the Marine Mammal Care Center set them free in the ocean near Terranea Resort.
As soon as the doors to their cages opened, the pups skipped over the rocky shoreline of Rancho Palos Verdes straight to the water’s edge — then frolicked about in the surf for a moment before swimming out past the breakers, according to a video the resort posted on YouTube this week.
“What an exciting release,” Amber Becerra, president of Marine Mammal Care Center, said in the video. “They just bounced right out there into the ocean. They knew exactly where to go and what to do. They even gave each other a kiss on the way out.”
The young ones were separated from their mothers and emaciated when they were found earlier this year, one by the Marine Animal Rescue at the Redondo Beach Harbor Patrol Dock and another by the California Wildlife Center on a resident’s porch.
The Marine Mammal Care Center, which specializes in caring for sea lions, took the pups in and nursed them back to good health at the center’s rehab facility at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro.
The pups left the care center weighing twice as much as when they arrived
“We are delighted to share this positive recovery as part of our ongoing mission to care for and protect Los Angeles marine life,” Becerra said.
The care center was founded in 1992 on the former site of Marineland of the Pacific, which closed in 1987; Terranea Resort is on the site now, and has partnered with the care center for more than 10 years.
via Daily Breeze