Coast Guard Helps Release Sea Lions

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The U.S Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles/Long Beach, working with personnel from the Fort Macarthur Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, released two rehabilitated sea lions back into the wild today off Catalina Island.

The sea lions had been at the rehabilitation center after they were both captured in the Redondo Beach area on separate occasions in July. Both sea lions had been at the rehabilitation center before, so they were released off Catalina Island this time in the hopes that they would not find their way back into a heavily populated area. The sea lions had become too accustomed to humans.

The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety and Security Teams units responsible for performing a broad range of port security and harbor defense missions. Visit the MSST Los Angeles/Long Beach website for more information.

The Marine Mammal Care Center specializes in the treatment and release of sick or injured California Sea Lions, Northern Elephant Seals, Northern Fur Seals and Harbor Seals.

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