On May 28, 2017 PMMC’s rescue team was sent out to Camel Point in Laguna Beach, California to assess, and possibly rescue, a young sea lion. At 7:45am “Omaha” arrived at PMMC and was examined by the animal care staff. He weighed only 26 lbs (11.8 kg), and was suffering from malnutrition (starvation), dehydration and an injury to his right eye.
Upon admission to rehabilitation “Omaha” was tube fed electrolytes for rehydration purposes. Once hydrated, veterinary and animal care staff added fish (for calories and protein) to “Omaha’s” clear formula. After 24 hours of care, “Omaha” began to eat fish on his own. (Eating fish is a major achievement in the rehabilitation process: patients gain weight quickly and are soon on their way back to their ocean home.)
After 3 months of rehabilitation, “Omaha” weighed 75 lbs (34 kg). He was medically cleared, tagged in the front left flipper with orange Roto tag #W1978 and fitted with a satellite tag on his upper back. On August 20, 2017 “Omaha” was released at Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point, California.
“Omaha’s” satellite tag, part of the continuing post-release monitoring project between the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) and the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS), was provided by Mr.& Mrs. Stokes, very generous donors to PMMC. The satellite tag will provide location data on “Omaha,” as well as water temperature and the depth and duration of dives that “Omaha” makes. Data collected from “Omaha’s” tag will be compared with data from sea lions tagged since 2013 to determine if there are any similarities or differences in dive behavior, feeding patterns, etc.
Satellite Tracking: "Omaha"
A young male harbor seal pup given the name "Quartz" originally came to Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic on May 24, 2016. He was believed to have been abandoned shortly after birth. He was rescued in Scarborough, ME by the Marine Mammals of Maine before being transferred to Mystic Aquarium. During his 3-1/2 month stay, he received treatment for malnutrition as well as for a minor eye lesion. After what appeared to be a full-recovery, the 4 to 5 month old Quartz was released back to the ocean environment on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI. He was released with five other harbor seals.
Before being released, Quartz received a flipper tag. This tag helped the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, a rescue and rehabilitation organization in New York State, identify Quartz, who, unfortunately, was again in distress.
Riverhead contacted Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program, arranging for transport of Quartz back to the clinic to receive additional care. With records on file, Mystic’s animal care professionals had a better understanding of Quartz, his condition and treatment protocol.
Upon re-admittance, Quartz was malnourished and dehydrated. He also received treatment for multiple wounds on his body and flippers. On February 3, 2017 following his second stay in Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic, Quartz was released from a location known for its seal populations in North Kingston, Rhode Island.