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Two rehabilitated sea lions released into Pacific Ocean following oil spill

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A California sea lion swims free after being released following rehabilitation in San Diego. (Photo courtesy Sea World, San Diego) A California sea lion swims free after being released following rehabilitation in San Diego. (Photo courtesy Sea World, San Diego)
Two California sea lions await release in San Diego. (Photo courtesy Sea World, San Diego) Two California sea lions await release in San Diego. (Photo courtesy Sea World, San Diego)
A crane lowers a crate carrying two California sea lions onto a specialized release boat. (Photo courtesy Sea World, San Diego) A crane lowers a crate carrying two California sea lions onto a specialized release boat. (Photo courtesy Sea World, San Diego)

Two cleaned and rehabilitated California sea lions were released by boat off the shore of San Diego on August 7. 

A total of nine California sea lions, collected during the response to the Refugio State Beach oil spill, have been released so far: three on July 17, three on July 24, one on July 31, and two on August 7. Sixteen marine mammals remain in care.   

On May 19, a Plains All American Pipeline pipe ruptured, spilling crude oil onto Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County. Click here for complete coverage of that incident.

Related links:
Refugio Response Joint Information Center
 

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