SeaWorld Scrambles Forces to Care for Record Number of Sea Lions

There’s no denying SeaWorld Parks are under increased scrutiny and pressure from animal rights activists, especially since the release of the 2013 film BLACKFISH.  However, there’s also no denying the scope and impact of SeaWorld’s Rescue and Rehabilitation work.  In SeaWorld San Diego’s 50 year history, the organization has rescued more than 15,000 animals, and 2015 is shaping up to be a record year – especially for sea lion rescues.  SeaWorld San Diego already has rescued more than 400 sea lions in 2015; more than twice the number of marine mammal rescues the park would average in a typical year.  On Saturday, March 7, 2015, SeaWorld San Diego made the decision to suspend its popular sea lion and otter show, “Sea Lions LIVE” to allow animal caretakers from that facility to assist in rescuing and rehabilitating an historic number of young sea lions beaching in Southern California.

SeaWorld sea lion rescue

Rescued sea lion pups at SeaWorld San Diego, image courtesy SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld sea lion rescue

Rescued sea lion pups at SeaWorld San Diego, image courtesy SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

 

In addition, zoological team members from around the country including: SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens Tampa have flown out to San Diego to assist in the sea lion rescue efforts.

SeaWorld sea lion rescue

Rescued sea lion pups at SeaWorld San Diego, image courtesy SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld sea lion rescue

Rescued sea lion pups at SeaWorld San Diego, image courtesy SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

 

SeaWorld San Diego has kept a small number of trainers at Sea Lion stadium to continue to care for the animals living there.  While some guests may be disappointed at the temporary closure of the sea lion and otter show, SeaWorld San Diego should be commended for putting care of the rescued sea lions ahead of any animal performance schedule.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.