Other Rescue Stories

MAR rescued this sea lion pup today under a ramp that leads up to the Lifeguard tower at Torrance Beach. The skinny and tired pup's right eye was also filled with pus, which is a sign of infection. MAR transported the young pup to the care facility for medical attention.

MAR rescued this very aggressive but sick fur seal from the Venice Beach breakwater.

MAR rescued this young sick sea lion from a sailboat in Redondo Beach.

Emerging from deep under the Santa Monica Pier, all this sea lion pup wanted to do was rest. The weak, young sea lion was "escorted" from the fenced in restricted area under the pier by a couple of homeless people who had slept beneath the pier the night before.

We were all very concerned about the welfare of the newborn sea lion pup when mom took off in the early morning hours and left her pup alone on the dock. The pup fell off the dock multiple times during the day and had to be assisted back on the dock, his only chance of surviving. The sun was setting and mom hadn't returned yet. Would she? We didn't know for sure and leaving the pup alone for the night, his chances weren't good of making through till the morning. Then, as we were deciding what could be done for the pup, we heard a recognizable vocalization, it was mom heading back to the dock. She returned with a young male sea lion who was also vocalizing very loudly. The pup, recognizing mom's voice ran along the dock where mom and pup greeted each other. Mom jumped on the dock, layed down to expose her nipples to her hungry pup who didn't hesitate to start nursing. We were all so very relieved. The pup made it through another day. The pup is still in a very serious situation. But, with a very dedicated mom and some limited human assistance the pup is defying the odds.

MAR rescued the pelican pictured above from Dockweiler Beach. The pelican had fishing line wrapped around her legs and body along with multiple fishing hooks attached. You can see in the picture on the right, the fishing line that was wrapped around the beak.

The very thin and cold yearling sea lion pictured above was rescued by MAR from Venice Beach. The young sea lion walked up from the ocean and found an ideal resting spot under the beach umbrella. One beachgoer came up to MAR and asked if we put the umbrella's up specifically for the sea lions! We said, sure we do and went off to get the sea lion a martini and towel!

This very thin sea lion stranded on Cabrillo Beach. She is very thin probably due to her limited vision. One eye was white the other she didn't open even after the rescue took place. Thanks to the LA County Lifeguards for reporting the sick sea lion and for assisting with the rescue. MAR transported the 140 pound sea lion to the care center for medical attention.

The 120-pound female sea lion pictured above was reported to Redondo Harbor Patrol by kayakers who observed the sea lion on the Redondo breakwater. She had multiple fishhooks in her neck and face and was very thin. The only way to reach the breakwater was by boat. Rescuers had to get on the rocks at least 20 yards away from the animal. In most cases, it's best to approach the animal from behind. But, with jetty rescues that's not always possible. One awkward move by the rescuer climbing on the rocks could spook the animal in the water or worse have the injured or sick animal fall into the rocks in a location that would prohibit the animal from escaping or not allow rescuers to safely extricate the animal. With critical support from LA County Lifeguards on Baywatch Redondo, MAR successfully rescued the weak sea lion and transported her to the rehab center for medical attention.

Stabilizing a 9-foot long, 800-pound dolphin in the water is a very difficult and dangerous situation. MAR conducts dolphin rescue training sessions with County Lifeguards for this reason. Their training paid off this day. Swimming erratically in the surf line this female dolphin got caught in the pilings under the Santa Monica Pier. Lifeguards did a terrific job removing the dolphin from the immediate danger and then keeping an eye on her until MAR arrived. MAR and Lifeguards entered the water and utilized a cargo net in an attempt to control the dolphin enough to get her safely to the beach. One whack in the face of a rescuer by the tail of the dolphin, can cause serious injury. It took six of us to place the cargo net underneath the dolphin and walk her to the beach with help from the incoming surf. When we got her to the beach, we stabilized the dolphin, kept her wet and kept the activity and noise around the animal to a minimum as to not stress her out any more than she already was while we were getting the transportation equipment ready.

The very weak sea lion pictured is suffering from deep wounds around her neck caused by fishing nets. Sea lions when they get caught in a gill net will either drown or they'll bite their way out only to have remnants of the net wrapped around their head and necks. If the net isn't removed, the wound would become infected and the animal will soon weaken and die. With support from LA County Lifeguards, MAR rescued this young, yearling sea lion from Cabrillo Beach. MAR immediately transported the sea lion to the care center for medical treatment.

In a very challenging rescue location, MAR successfully rescued this young sea lion in San Pedro Harbor.

This sea lion pup has a plastic bag wrapped tightly around its neck. MAR rescued the sea lion from Santa Monica Beach.

MAR rescued this elephant seal pup.

Many of you have seen pictures of the animals we rescue moments before the rescue is conducted. Well, this action takes places moments after those pictures are taken. Sea lions are very agile on the beach and if the sea lion feels threatened it will flee or charge. This picture represents a critical moment during a sea lion rescue.

MAR and LA County Lifeguards rescue a dolphin from Santa Monica Beach.

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