SeaWorld treats 4 more victims of Santa Barbara oil spill

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SAN DIEGO — SeaWorld San Diego reported Thursday that specialists are taking care of 15 sea lions and six elephant seals affected by last week’s oil pipeline rupture near Santa Barbara, after receiving four more of the marine mammals Wednesday night.

The animals were soaked as up to 105,000 gallons of oil spilled near Refugio Beach.

Two out of four sea lions that were among the latest arrivals were covered with oil over about half of their bodies, while the others were minimally coated with oil, according to SeaWorld.

They were hydrated after they arrived, had blood drawn and were examined by veterinarians. SeaWorld officials said their conditions have to be stabilized before the oil can be removed from their skin.

The 21 marine mammals at SeaWorld’s Oiled Wildlife Care Center are all in guarded condition, according to SeaWorld. Two sea lions brought to the facility earlier did not survive.

Three members of SeaWorld’s animal rescue team are at the beach to assist the Oiled Wildlife Care Network with affected marine life, and numerous other workers remained on standby.

Around 10:20 a.m., police were seen escorting a woman and two children from the area and into a patrol car. Turner could not confirm if those people were “hostages.”

An ambulance pulled up to the scene just before 11 a.m. and treated a 93-year-old man, who was not involved in the shooting, Turner said.

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4 comments

  • Where is PETA, ASPCA, and Blackfish now???

    That’s Right!!! SeaWorld walks the walk and talks the talk! Support SeaWorld by taking the kids to SeaWorld! These guys are so awesome we should kick the Traitors (chargers) to the curb and give SeaWorld the stadium!

  • Kelly

    Oil Spill response in the US has not progressed since the Valdez spill. Oil Spill Eater II could have prevented the spill from spreading had OSE II been utilized immediately as was the case in Nigeria for a larger spill of 125000 gallons of oil. The oil in Nigeria went out in the Atlantic then started being carried ashore, covering 18 kilometers of shoreline or 5200- acres of soil with sensitive mangroves. Because OSE II was deployed immediately on the open water this prevented the oil from spreading any further down the shoreline, and once con trainers of OSE II arrived by air freight in a couple of days crews started applying OSE II on the shoreline and mangroves. In three weeks you could not tell there had ever been a spill, and the use of OSE II contained the spill limiting its impact, causing the oil to float while it was permanently removed by being converted to CO2 and water. There were no natural resources destroyed fishing was reopened and because OSE II causes oil to float the water column was protected, and none of the marine species or seafood was effected. The Santa Barbara spill just like the Kirby Marine spill in 2014 in Houston have proven the US is far behind third world countries in clean up spills safely and effectively limiting damages not exacerbating them.OSE II has been used on over 31000 spills globally since 1989.

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