"Kershaw" Satellite Tracking
10:30 am on August 5, 2016, Pacific Marine Mammal Center received a call about a California sea lion pup in need of help at “The Wedge” in Newport Beach. With the assistance of Newport Beach Harbor Patrol, PMMC’s rescue team was able to safely and successfully bring the animal back to the Center.
By 12:30pm, “Kershaw,” the 285th sea lion admitted to PMMC in 2016, had arrived at PMMC and was being examined by the Animal Care Staff. He was extremely underweight and undersize at 29 lbs, 38 inches long, and was suffering from severe malnutrition (starvation) and dehydration.
“Kershaw’s” treatment began with an electrolyte fluid diet for rehydration purposes, with fish being gradually added into the clear formula. After 24 hours of tube feedings, “Kershaw” began to eat fish. (Eating fish is a major achievement in the rehabilitation process as eating fish allows our pinniped patients to gain weight quickly and get back to their ocean home.) Thanks to the dedication of the PMMC animal care crew, “Kershaw” was soon competing with his pen mates, eating in the “big pools” and putting on much-needed weight.
On December 4, 2016, after 4 months of rehabilitation, “Kershaw” was medically cleared, tagged in the front left flipper with an orange Roto tag (#W1902) as well as a satellite tag placed on his upper back. Weighing 89 pounds, he was released at Aliso Creek Beach in South Orange County. With his satellite tag in place, scientists and researchers will be able to monitor “Kershaw” for many weeks post-release. Kershaw's satellite tag was funded via the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Stokes, PMMC donors.