Sea lions returned to Pacific Ocean

SeaWorld San Diego is rescuing record numbers

SAN DIEGO - It was a happy homecoming for five California sea lions.

10News was invited to tag along as SeaWorld San Diego marine biologists released five sea lions back into the Pacific Ocean.  

The sea lions were just a handful of the 325 SeaWorld said it has rescued this year. The National Marine Mammal Foundation said 1,300 have been saved along southern California's coast this year alone.

"The thought is that there's not a whole lot of fish out here," said SeaWorld Mammal Curator Keith Yip.

A study is being conducted to figure if a lack of food really is the reason why so many sea lions are ending up on dry land.

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