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Baby Elephant Seals Rescued and Released

After an arduous three months in rehabilitation, two young elephant seals are finally ready to be released back into the ocean by a team at the California Wildlife Center.

Before their release, elephant seals Ellen and Violet were found in highly debilitating and malnourished conditions, weighing 63, and 55 pounds, respectively.

Violet and Ellen are the California Wildlife Center's first elephant seal rescues of the year, but not the first releases of the season.

"We are pleased we made it a little over three months later. They came in really skinny and dehydrated. Thanks to our great vet team and volunteers, pulling together, we made it here and they look like they're going to make it," said Michael Remski, marine mammal rehabilitation manager.

Find out more as reporter Cara Santa Maria explores the issue and greets the latest pair of rescued baby elephant seals.

Featuring Interviews With:

  • Victoria Harris, board president
  • Michael Remski, marine mammal rehab manager
  • Jonsie Ross, marine mammal stranding coordinator



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