Seal pup attacked by shark returns to ocean

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SAN DIEGO — A year-old harbor seal pup with shark bite wounds that was rescued by SeaWorld San Diego in June was returned to the ocean, the theme park announced Friday.

The female seal, which was given the name “Sharky,” was discovered June 28 on a La Jolla beach, lethargic and suffering from life-threatening injuries.

SeaWorld officials said the park’s animal care staff treated an infection in the wounds, which eventually healed. Her weight increased from 32 pounds, which is low, to 55 pounds when she was released.

A second female harbor seal that was rescued the same day after it was caught up in a fishing line, and a sea lion pup that was found malnourished in April, were also returned to the ocean, according to SeaWorld.

Officials with the theme park said more than 400 marine mammals have been rescued so far this year, with most of them later returned.

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