Report from Peter Wallerstein
Marine Animal Rescue, Los Angeles
We tried for over a month to rescue this sea lion. We tried using the floating net technique, paddling up in a kayak, approaching from a boat. But nothing worked, she eluded rescue each time. Having other sea lions on the buoy with her complicated this rescue.
Today, approaching in an inflatable boat we successfully rescued the injured sea lion from the Cerritos Channel Buoy.
It’s been puzzling us what the material was that was strangling the sea lion. It wasn’t a fishing net or any kind of commercial fishing gear. Over the past 6 months we’ve seen other sea lions with this same type of material wrapped tightly around their necks. It was a mystery until today.
What is strangling the life out of these animals is, plastic packing straps.
MAR will do everything we can to help authorities track down the source of the plastic packing straps and we will also use this incident to educate the public on the tremendous hazards of plastic materials ending up in the ocean.
Marine animals are suffering and dying from plastics in the ocean.
I’m sorry to have to share this information, but I feel it’s important.
The sea lion died shortly after the rescue. Her suffering will not go unnoticed.
Yes, it hurts us a great deal too. But we must remain focused, because there are other animals out there in need of MAR’s assistance.