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SeaWorld To Resume Sea Lion Show After Temporary Shutdown

Photo caption: A closure sign covers the entrance to an empty stadium where SeaWorld normall...

Photo credit: Associated Press

A closure sign covers the entrance to an empty stadium where SeaWorld normally hosts its "Sea Lions Live" show, March 10, 2015.

SeaWorld San Diego announced its sea lion and otter shows will resume Thursday following a three-week suspension, during which staff members dealt with a record number of rescues of marine mammals along the coast.

Park officials said conditions have "sufficiently stabilized" at their Animal Rescue Center that required help from show trainers.

The shows were suspended March 6.

"I can't thank our sea lion trainers enough for the incredible help they gave to our rescue team over the past three weeks," said Mike Scarpuzzi, SeaWorld San Diego's vice president of zoological operations. "I'm very proud of them and the amazing work they've done to give these sea lions a second chance at life."

SeaWorld said its personnel have rescued 579 marine mammals so far this year, 557 of them sea lions.

Anyone who comes across a stranded or ill sea lion is asked to contact a lifeguard or call SeaWorld's Rescue Hotline at (800) 541-7325. Park officials said people should not touch or feed the sea lions.

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