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Seaworld Treating Sea Mammals Rescued From Oil Spill

A toothbrush is used to gently remove oil around a California sea lion’s eyes. The pup was rescued from the Refugio Beach oil spill and transported to SeaWorld San Diego’s Oiled Wildlife Care Center on May 23, 2015.
Mike Aguilera
A toothbrush is used to gently remove oil around a California sea lion’s eyes. The pup was rescued from the Refugio Beach oil spill and transported to SeaWorld San Diego’s Oiled Wildlife Care Center on May 23, 2015.

SeaWorld San Diego said Tuesday that specialists are taking care of 10 sea lions and four elephant seals affected by the oil pipeline rupture last week near Santa Barbara and listed in "guarded" condition.

The marine mammals were soaked as up to 105,000 gallons of oil spilled near Refugio Beach.

Four sea lions and three elephant seals arrived late Monday night and need to be stabilized before the oil can be removed, according to officials with the theme park. After they were brought in, they were hydrated and blood was drawn.

Two sea lions brought to the facility earlier did not survive.

Meanwhile, three members of SeaWorld's animal rescue team were at the beach to assist the Oiled Wildlife Care Network with affected marine life, and numerous other workers remained on standby.

SeaWorld's Oiled Wildlife Care Center has the capacity to house 20 sea lions or other pinnipeds.

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