Two rescued sea lions were released back into the ocean Wednesday afternoon, and SeaWorld’s rescue crew seemed thrilled to see them go as it marked the final days of a mysterious epidemic that struck the coast of Southern California.
The female sea lion was spotted at Torrey Pines State Beach in August. Her ribs were visible, and she had a hurt shoulder and a collapsed lung when she was rescued. The male was found in September. They were two of about 400 sea lions SeaWorld has rescued this year. Rescue workers believe the sea lions were searching for food. What happened to their food source remains a mystery. Tracking devices may give answers to what’s going on underwater.