On March 10, 2014, a sea lion was disentangled with help from Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre and Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff.
Acting on reports of a sea lion with garbage around its neck, the team ventured into Fanny Bay, north of Nanaimo on the west coast of Vancouver Island. They came across a Steller sea lion that had a large scar from when it was previously entangled, but they did not find the sea lion in question.
The team eventually came across another sea lion at the other end of the bay, this time a young male California sea lion, that had garbage stuck around its neck. The Aquarium’s veterinarian, Dr. Martin Haulena, tranquilized it before cutting the plastic strap off and treating the wound.
The Vancouver Aquarium runs the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre where it treats “inpatients.” It also works cooperatively with other organizations to rescue and treat animals in the ocean.
Many thanks to Canadian Wildlife Federation for their support on this project.
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The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit society. It does not receive ongoing funds to provide around-the-clock care for rescued and rehabilitated animals.