Live-streamed on Monday, June 23, 2014
Vancouver Aquarium’s veterinary medical team share their stories of rescuing sea lions in the field.
Sea lions are charismatic marine mammals that are found along the West Coast of North America. Related to seals, sea lions are also pinnipeds that are often seen lying on rocks, docks and other objects. Recently, more and more sea lions in the Canadian province of British Columbia are in distress; sea lions can become entangled in various types of debris that can cause severe injuries and even result in death.
The expert presentations focused on sea lion entanglement issues in B.C., the types of debris that sea lions have on them, frequency of entanglements, the development of an anesthetic protocol for disentangling sea lions, and the issues involved with disentanglement operations.
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