Video shows rescue of sea lion from oil rig off Seal Beach

After an oil rig employee off the coastline of Seal Coastline saw that one of the sea lions hanging around there wasn’t embarking on the rig as well as swimming around like the others, he started checking it.

After a couple of days of observation, he identified the pet had expanded weaker and was noticeably shuddering.

On the fifth day — — Super Bowl Sunday — the male, determined only as Seeker, telephoned to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Coastline asking to see if a rescue team might interfere.

The team prepared but choppy seas and the distance to the rig — — 11 miles from Newport Harbor — — meant the Zodiac usually made use of to move rescuers would not function. So center veterinarian Kristen Sakamaki called John and also Rachel Stanaland, a Laguna Beach pair who offer with PMMC and also have a 35-foot private yacht that’s been made use of for elephant seals rescues.

“We had individuals over to watch the Super Bowl when Rachel obtained the call,” John Stanaland remembered. “We canceled our celebration as well as were on the watercraft within an hour.”

Sakamaki as well as the Stanalands arrived at the oil well within half an hour. As they neared, Seeker and an additional employee waved them to the packing dock. But the spinning waves and also wind made getting close challenging.

“The sea lion was resting on a system neighboring as well as when it was go-time, Dr. Kris informed the people, ‘‘ You’re mosting likely to have to get him with your thick gloves,'” Rachel Stanaland recalled this week. “They scooped up the little baby and got a lot of towels around him and also threw him into a web we were holding. It was our only option.”

As soon as the sea lion was aboard, the rescuers administered liquids as well as warmed it with coverings.

Now called Deep Water Seeker, the male sea lion dog is being tube fed at PMMC but has started to consume on his very own. DW Hunter is only the 3rd sea lion ever before saved by PMMC from an oil well, though the center has actually been required other occurrences, such as entanglements and also injuries.

Rescues on oil well drop under the rescue permit issued to PMMC by the National Oceanic as well as Atmospheric Administration.

Facility team evaluates the dangers of each rescue telephone call, claimed PMMC spokesperson Krysta Higuchi.

“It can not be as well hazardous for our team to go out there,” she said. “We alert NOAA and also they trust us under our permit to make those safety and security judgment calls. If we would not have had John and Rachel, we wouldn’t have gone out.”

The Stanalands both claimed they admire the efforts of the oil well employee.

“I seem like he went above and beyond,” Rachel Stanaland said. “He exists striving in the middle of the sea as well as he took note of a sea lion that hadn’t relocated a while, then he connected to PMMC.”

The Laguna Beach center was started in 1971 as Close friends of the Sea Lion, by a lifeguard, a secondary school scientific research teacher and also a vet. It is accountable for saving and fixing up marine creatures along 53 miles of Orange County coast. Since those very early years, its mission has actually increased with support from private donors, structure representatives as well as neighborhood leaders from throughout Southern The golden state.

Considering That November, PMMC has actually saved 24 sea lion pups born last summer season on the Channel Islands rookeries. Three, located in November, have been released. The facility likewise has an elephant seal yearling.

Meatball, a women sea lion rescued from Laguna Coastline in January, is going to a new residence at Space Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa. She’s seen below prior to her transfer from the Pacific Marine Mammal Facility. (Thanks To PMMC)

One sea lion dog, which the facility rescued in Laguna Coastline on Jan. 24, 2019 as well as named Meatball, was regarded non-releasable back to the wild by NOAA and also was positioned in Space Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rachel Stanaland bears in mind Meatball’s rescue, which started when the proprietor of a beachfront residence in South Laguna reported seeing a baby sea lion not relocating. The rescue group dropped steep stairs to reach her.

“When we obtained her right into the web, she finally moved,” Rachel Stanaland stated.

She was confessed and dealt with for deep slit injuries, a top breathing system infection, poor nutrition and also dehydration. Over months of rehabilitation, the facility’s personnel noted she had a failure to eat fish.

Rachel Stanaland described her as a picky as well as careful eater.

“She would just eat really little herring as well as they had to be fresh from the refrigerator,” she said. “You had to select out the ones that had their mouths shut. She wouldn’t consume the ones with open mouths.”

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