SeaWorld releases three Guadalupe fur seals back into the ocean

Posted at 1:40 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 16:41:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Three Guadalupe fur seals are back in the wild after being treated by a SeaWorld San Diego rescue team.

The three seals were rescued at San Onofre State Beach, Escondido Beach and Newport Beach in April and May.

Before being released, the seals were outfitted with satellite transmitters to track their habits. SeaWorld says the seals are currently between 100 and 300 miles west of San Diego swimming along the continental shelf.

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The three seals are part of an ongoing unusual mortality event involving the Guadalupe fur seals that started in 2015, SeaWorld said. Since 2015, more than 260 seals have stranded in California.

Since recovery from near extinction in the early 1900s, the population has recovered to roughly 15,000.