SeaWorld unable to save 2 oil-coated sea lions

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SAN DIEGO – Two sea lions caught last week in an oil spill near Santa Barbara have died at SeaWorld, but marine mammal specialists there were trying to save several other oil-coated sea lions and elephant seals, park officials said.

On Monday, a third member of the park's Animal Rescue Team was sent to assist with marine mammal rehabilitation efforts at the Refugio Beach oil spill. Assistant curator Mike Price joined fellow animal specialists Nick Northcraft and Bill Winhall and others from the Oiled Wildlife Care Network's Unified Command working to rescue and treat oiled wildlife, according to a SeaWorld statement. Numerous other workers remained on standby.

Four California sea lions doused as up to 105,000 gallons of oil spilled near Refugio Beach were brought to the park Sunday night, but one has since died. Personnel at SeaWorld's Oiled Wildlife Care Center in San Diego were caring for six sea lions and two elephant seals that were said to be in "guarded condition.''

A male sea lion sent to SeaWorld San Diego coated in crude oil on Thursday has also died. Park officials said a necropsy would be conducted to determine the cause of its death.

SeaWorld's Oiled Wildlife Care Center has the capacity to house 20 sea lions or other pinnipeds.

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2 comments

  • Where is PETA, Black FIsh, ASPCA.....

    Where are these loud mouthed supposed animal lovers anyway? I guess they are all talk. Give your money to SeaWorld not to these supposed animal saviors.

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