Two new sea lions join Oregon Coast Aquarium Pinniped Exhibit

Photo courtesy Oregon Coast Aquarium

NEWPORT, Ore. - Rosa and Catalina, two rescued California sea lions, will call the Oregon Coast Aquarium home for the summer.

3-year-old Catalina and 2-year-old Rosa were stranded off the coast of California in 2015 and were rescued by the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, Calif.

After examining them, a veterinarian said Catalina could not be released because she is blind in her left eye. She would not be able to hunt for her own food and avoid predators because of her partial blindness.

Rosa also could not be released due to her small size, possibly the result of stunted growth.

"Fortunately, the Oregon Coast Aquarium was able to give Catalina and Rosa forever homes," said Ken Lytwyn, Curator of Mammals, who met the sea lions in San Pedro and accompanied them on a plane to Portland last summer. "We're happy to welcome them to the family!"

Catalina and Rosa arrived to the Aquarium on July 14, 2015. They later met the existing population of pinnipeds and the aquarium's eight harbor seals.

The public is welcome to visit the newest sea lions at the Oregon Coast Aquarium Pinniped Exhibit

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