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Rehabilitated Steller Sea Lion Pup Released

A crew from the Pinniped Ecology Applied
Research Laboratory (PEARL)
with OSU's Marine Mammal Institute is
helping the North Coast Marine Mammal Center
(http://www.northcoastmmc.org/index.php) track a young female Steller
sea lion who was released from the rehabilitation facility in Crescent
City, CA on Saturday, March 27. Markus Horning and interns Julia Hager, Stephen Meck
and Jennifer Olson glued a satellite transmitter to the fur on the
animals' head using 5-minute epoxy. The transmitter allows researchers
to track the sea lion's location on a daily basis. The device is
expected to fall off by the annual molt in August.
This is the first
time a Steller sea lion pup stranded on the Oregon coast is being
tracked after release following rehabilitation. Usually, marine mammals
stranded in Oregon are not rehabilitated, but since Steller sea lions
are listed under the Endangered Species Act, special efforts to rescue
the newborn pup were undertaken last June (in Gold Beach, OR). The animal has been cared for
at the Crescent City facility since it's first week of life, and there
is particular interest in following it's fate after relase. A special
panel of Stranding Network experts convened to determine the
releasability of the young sea lion, and recommended release. This led
to the release authorization by the National Marine Fisheries Service
and the stipulation to track the animal after release.
Location: Crescent
City, CA