Check out some of our patients enjoying the Laguna Beach sunshine.
Patients in "Pool A" are typically animals who are nearing the end of their rehabilitation. These animals are competing for food, their medical issues have been resolved, and many of them will soon be candidates for release back into the ocean.
Patients in “Pool D” are in intermediate care. These animals are now foraging for fish on their own and have entered the general patient population.
Patients in the “Side Pools” have gained the strength to transition out of the intensive care unit and now begin to learn how to fish school and compete for fish with others.
Occasionally you may see Brawler and Niblet, 2-year-old California sea lions.
Brawler has a severe eye infection that caused her to have limited vision preventing her from being able to return to her ocean home. Niblet was originally released but re-stranded and had lost a significant amount of weight, showing that she had not been successful in the wild. After trying her with live fish several times and showing no interest, it was determined she would also need to be placed like Brawler in a zoo or aquarium to be ambassadors for their species. When they were moved to the same pen area they immediately bonded relying on each other. You will always find them touching flippers or laying against one another. Based on the strong connection they share, it was deemed in their best interest that they needed to be placed together in a forever home. We look forward to sharing where this will be as soon as it is determined.
We have had a busy 2018 so far, rescuing over 130 animals. The majority of our patients (pups under a year old) strand on Orange County beaches in the late winter, spring time. We are grateful for all the support we receive from the public: please keep calling and letting us know about marine mammals in need.