Sea lion pups that spent months in the care of rehabilitative specialists in southern California were released back into the sea on Thursday, February 4.
Video streamed live by Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization “for sick, injured, and malnourished marine mammals,” shows the four healthy charges, who were unsure at first, finally flipping their way towards the sea at Cabrillo Beach.
According to Amber Becerra, president of the Marine Mammal Care Center, two of the pups had been rescued after twice ending up “literally” on the doorsteps of homes in the area, earning them the nickname “Doorstep Duo.”
When separated from their mothers before 11 or 12 months old, seal pups often become extremely dehydrated, malnourished, and confused. Becerra said the center “plumped them up” to three times the size they were when they were rescued. Credit: Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles via Storyful