Sea Life Park Hawaii announces it is taking in two California sea lions in need of lifelong care. Following an intricate and carefully managed transport from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) in Laguna Beach, CA, and a required 30-day quarantine period, Niblet and Brawler are now finding permanent sanctuary on Oahu.
In 2017, the two female sea lions were rescued separately a few months apart by PMMC, and quickly bonded together during the course of their recovery and rehabilitation process. Niblet was found suffering from extreme malnutrition, while Brawler had a severe infection of the cornea in both eyes. After their respective rescues and treatments, both Niblet and Brawler were subsequently returned to the wild in separate releases—only to have each one need to be rescued again by the non-profit. Deemed un-releasable by the National Marine Fisheries Service, a division of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the sea lions continued to be cared for by PMMC. However, with the facility designed for short-term needs, PMMC placed a call out to partner facilities qualified to care for pinnipeds. Especially suited to assist, Sea Life Park stepped in to provide a home in Hawaii for both sea lions.