This is a lovely letter I got from the Marine Mammal Center about Evader.
I am emailing you all to let you know that the entangled California sea lion that you reported to us from 2010 through 2012 was successfully rescued on May 30, 2012. We received over 300 reports about this animal for nearly two years (and mounted 11 unsuccessful rescue attempts) before we were able to successfully rescue him. We are grateful for all of these reports, and want to thank you all for your phone calls, emails and concerns about this animal.
It was a very tricky rescue, because the sea lion, now named Evader, always hauled out on floating docks with other large sea lions. The pictures which we have collected since initial reports in June 2010 were instrumental in keeping track of him over time. We were also able to monitor his body condition and the progression of the fishing line embedding into his neck. Fortunately, in spite of the entanglement, he was always able to eat so he remained at a healthy weight. Once onsite at the Marine Mammal Center, he was kept on watch for approximately 12 hours and then was taken into surgery in the morning to remove the entanglement. The surgery was successful and with a strong dose of antibiotics, he was given a few days rest at the Center before being released. Last Sunday (June 10) he was released with another California Sea Lion at Weston Beach, Point Lobos State Reserve, in Monterey, California.
To see pictures, and to read more about this rescue, you can go to our website – http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/News-Room/2012-news-archives/evader.html. As you can see, there is still some scarring around his neck, but hopefully that will heal in time.
Truly, thank you again for reporting this animal to us. Without help from members of the public, it would have been impossible for us to track his progress over time, and to ultimately rescue and rehabilitate him. Please contact us at Stranded@tmmc.org if you have any other questions about him.
If you are interested in becoming more involved at the Marine Mammal Center, either through volunteering or becoming a member, please see http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/Get-Involved/ or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Scott Buhl, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again