It's been two years, but the long ordeal is over for this sea lion. Today
using a floating net MAR successfully rescued the big male sea lion that
suffered wounds caused by a packing strap.
Located in Marina del Rey the sea lion would disappear for months at a time,
but he always returned. Most of the time he was found in the middle of a
dozen or more sea lions making it impossible for MAR to rescue the animal.
We've had some close calls, but he was always able to elude our rescue
attempts. We hadn't seen him for weeks until this week when he showed up
again in Marina del Rey. Today he was alone sleeping on a swim step of a
boat. This was our chance.
The floating net was maneuvered to the edge of the swim step without
detection. Then suddenly he woke, barked at the rescuer in the water almost
jumping on him, instead he dove into the floating net. Then the struggle
became intense. With support from Marina del Rey Harbor Patrol and Baywatch
Marina del Rey the very strong sea lion was safely secured and brought to
the public boat launch where he was loaded in MAR's truck.
We never give up on the animals that need our assistance. We so very
grateful we have the opportunity and ability to help.
It was a good week for MAR and for the animals!
Marine Animal Rescue Specialist
Friends of Animals