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Rescued sea lion returns to wild, travels to Channel Islands

October 7, 2018

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A sea lion, rescued after being found with fish hooks embedded in her mouth, has made it to San Nicolas Island — the most remote of California’s Channel Islands.

The Orange County Register reports Huntington Beach City Lifeguards found the sea lion, named Raptor, on the sand near the Huntington Beach Pier on June 13.

She was released last month after four months in rehabilitation at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.

Raptor had made the 102.81-mile (165.45-kilometer) journey to the Channel Islands within three days of her release.

Raptor is the first sea lion tagged by the center this year. Data from her tag not only charts her course but can show how successful rehabilitated sea lions can be after their release. The center has released 20 satellite-tagged sea lions since 2013.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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