(AP) – SeaWorld San Diego has released a pair of fur seals back to the wild after patching and fattening them up. SeaWorld tells KNSD the male seals were rescued on different days in May and were emaciated, malnourished and dehydrated. In addition, one had a swollen rear flipper.
They weighed 15 and 16 pounds when they were rescued and 23 and 42 pounds when they were released on Thursday.
Research scientists from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute attached satellite transmitters to the seals to track their progress in the wild. SeaWorld says the transmitters will probably dislodge in about two months.