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365 Days of SeaWorld Rescue

365 Days of SeaWorld Rescue

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Did you know that when sea lions are on land they groom their coats to maintain its waterproof qualities? One common grooming behavior is a doglike scratching using the nails of one of the hind flippers. They also rub against rocks or other sea lions or rub their hair with their fore flippers. Thanks to SeaWorld, this guy is healthy and back in the wild to groom and do like the sea lions do! #365DaysOfRescue

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rescued this manatee from chilly waters. Then, our Rescue Team transported him back to SeaWorld for care and rehabilitation. #365DaysOfRescue

When these two Kemp’s ridley sea turtles began showing signs of cold stress, the U.S. Coast Guard transported them to SeaWorld for rehabilitation. After several months of care, they are healthy and heading back out to sea! #365DaysOfRescue

Did you know that sea lions have between 40 and 60 whiskers?! This guy shows his off as he is returned to the ocean. #365DaysOfRescue

This adult male dolphin was found in critical condition, stranded in shallow water. Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s scientists were the first responders. They rescued and transported the dolphin to SeaWorld and after five months of care and rehabilitation, he was successfully returned to the wild! #365DaysOfRescue

Did you know pelicans work together, flying in a ‘U’ shape, to make catching fish easier? Once this rescued brown pelican was healthy, SeaWorld returned it so it could get back to fishing! #365DaysOfRescue

Kringle, the manatee, was showing early signs of cold stress and hypothermia when he was brought to SeaWorld for rehabilitation. Manatees thrive in water temperatures around 68 degrees or higher, but the water where he was rescued was only in the 50s! #365DaysOfRescue

A harbor seal is getting ready to take the plunge back into the ocean after being rescued and rehabilitated by SeaWorld. #365DaysOfRescue

And off you go big guy! With a little help from SeaWorld, this sea turtle was rescued, rehabilitated and returned to its ocean home. Photo #248 of #365DaysOfRescue

This sea lion, ‘Chasing Chevy’, was found more than a mile from the ocean in the parking lot of a Mexican restaurant! After rescuing bringing him back to health, Mr. Chevy was returned to the ocean along with other rescued sea lions. Photo #247 of #365DaysOfRescue

Did you know that grebes have a hard time walking on land because their legs are so far back on their bodies? That’s why they spend most of their time in the water. Luckily, SeaWorld was able to give these two a second chance at life! Photo #246 of #365DaysOfRescue

A healthy adult manatee weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds. This manatee was nearly 200 pounds underweight when he was rescued and brought to SeaWorld. After eight months of rehabilitation (and a lot of food), he reached a healthy weight and was returned to his Florida home. Photo #245 of #365DaysOfRescue

When a sea turtle has lockjaw and can’t eat, it can’t get the nutrition it needs to survive. SeaWorld gave this big guy the medication and rehabilitation he needed to regain his strength and be returned to the wild. Photo #244 of #365DaysOfRescue

Our Animal Rescuers love helping amazing creatures, like this rescued sea lion, that are brought to SeaWorld in need of rehabilitation and care. Photo #243 of #365DaysOfRescue

Maliciously sprayed with cooking oil, this sandhill crane was recently rescued and brought to SeaWorld’s Animal Care Specialists for rehabilitation. After a couple soapy baths to remove the oil, this bird was ready to be returned! #365DaysOfRescue

This six-pound green sea turtle was extremely malnourished when it came to SeaWorld. After a successful rehabilitation, the turtle was cleared to be returned to its home. #365DaysOfRescue

Discarded crab traps are a pollution problem for manatees. Thankfully for this gentle giant, SeaWorld rescuers were able to free him from the lines and return him the very same day. #365DaysOfRescue

After receiving care from SeaWorld’s Animal Care Specialists, this beautiful sea lion makes its way back to the open ocean. #365DaysOfRescue

Dirty pelican feathers can prevent pelicans from diving for food. Thankfully, the SeaWorld Animal Care Team is prepared to clean feathers any day of the week so birds just like this can be returned to the wild. #365DaysOfRescue

Did you know that manatees have been seen participating in seemingly playful activities, like follow-the-leader and bodysurfing? Thanks to SeaWorld, O’Doul the manatee was rescued and returned to the wild so he could hopefully live a long life full of these “manatee games”. #365DaysOfRescue

That face! Normally sea lion pups nurse for six to twelve months. When orphaned pups like this are rescued, SeaWorld bottle-feeds them a special sea lion formula. #365DaysOfRescue #cutenessoverload

During a severe cold snap in 1989, dozens of hypothermic green sea turtles were rescued and cared for in recovery pools at SeaWorld Orlando for about 10 weeks. #365DaysOfRescue #FlashbackFriday

Peanut, an orphaned American beaver, was rescued in British Columbia weighing in at only 8 pounds! She was the lone survivor of a bear attack and initially went to a local wildlife shelter before being transferred to SeaWorld for long-term care. #365DaysOfRescue

Flashback: Animal Care Specialists used SeaWorld’s innovative buoyancy wetsuit to help this adult male manatee stay afloat as he was nursed back to health. SeaWorld developed the manatee-sized wetsuits more than 20 years ago, and they are still helping mammals in need! #365DaysOfRescue

This young sea turtle was one of several rescued that experienced cold stress during a cold snap. Turtles experiencing cold stress often float listlessly at the surface and look to be stunned. Our Rescue and Rehabilitation Team provides care for these turtles while they recover before returning them to the wild. #365DaysOfRescue