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Rescued Oregon Coast Seal Adapts to New Home
|Lola, a rescued Guadalupe fur seal, “talks” to Bill
Horn, SeaWorld Senior Animal Care Specialist. The rescued fur seal
received nearly six months of loving care by Oregon Coast Aquarium
mammalogists before making her permanent home at SeaWorld. Photo credit:
Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego
(Newport, Oregon) - A rescued Guadalupe fur seal that had
been in rehabilitation at the Oregon Coast Aquarium is doing well in her
new home at SeaWorld in San Diego, say aquarium staff.
The fur seal, named Lola, is adapting well to her environment
in the warmer waters of San Diego’s SeaWorld. Tom Goff, head of
the SeaWorld mammal department, reports that Lola is in a holding pool
behind-the-scenes at Pacific Point, the pinniped exhibit at SeaWorld.
Goff said she gets along well with her pool mates, which include California
sea lions and harbor seals. Once permission is granted from the National
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), she will make her permanent home in the
Pacific Point exhibit.
When the seal was brought to the Oregon Coast Aquarium
last August, the goal of husbandry staff was to rehabilitate and release
her. Guadalupe fur seals are protected in the U.S. as a threatened species
under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and it is the policy to make every
effort to return threatened species to their habitat if the animal demonstrates
the ability to survive on its own. This animal failed to do so and the
decision was made not to release her. The National Marine Fisheries Service
was the ultimate decision maker on her fate, based upon reports of her
condition by husbandry staff.
The fur seal’s health improved markedly after nearly
six months of loving care by Aquarium mammalogists. “She began to
vocalize a lot and appeared to enjoy interacting with mammal staff.”
said Judy Tuttle, Aquarium Curator of Mammals. Tuttle said she will live
in warmer waters of her natural habitat and will be well cared for by
|Lola entertains the camera at the Oregon Coast Aquarium earlier
“She flew down on a FedEx flight accompanied by two
SeaWorld staff members, who arrived here ahead of flight time to familiarize
themselves with her,” said Tuttle.
She was brought in with a healed scar on her back that
husbandry staff speculated might be a shark bite. She also had a prolapsed
lens in on eye – which means no vision - and a very large cataract
in her good eye, indicating poor vision. By the end of August the seal
showed signs of improvement. In October, Veterinarian Dr. Sara Maxwell,
consultant to veterinarian Dr. Brown, looked at the seal’s cataract
and determined that she was not a candidate for cataract surgery or for
release in her opinion. A broken canine tooth was removed in November
and the seal was again evaluated for its ability to be released. At that
time, an examination by Dr. Brown determined that she had no teeth in
her lower right jaw, and the appearance of her teeth indicated that she
is an old animal.
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November, Aquarium husbandry staff recommended to the National Marine
Fisheries Service that the Guadalupe fur seal not be released and talks
began with SeaWorld in San Diego about transferring her there. Since she
would not be released back into the wild, and human imprinting would no
longer be a concern, mammalogists could then begin to train her to come
to a station to be fed. She will live the rest of her days with other
fur seals and California sea lions in her new home. The cost of caring
for the seal at the Oregon Coast Aquarium was covered in part by the National
Marine Fisheries Service and grants from the Kinsman Foundation and the
Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation.
“We are proud to use our expertise to mitigate human
impact on injured wildlife and to help in the recovery of endangered or
threatened wildlife,” said Jim Burke, Aquarium Director of Animal
Husbandry. “This Guadalupe Fur seal is one of an estimated population
of about 7,000 and we were happy to play a role in the efforts to get
her back to the wild.” Burke said that although the seal cannot
be released, she will play an important role in helping to educate people
about the uniqueness of her species.
Oregon Coast Aquarium, in South Beach, across the
bay from Newport. www.aquarium.org. (541) 867-FISH.
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Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
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Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
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171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: smaller homes
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sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
– ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have
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per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
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