Seven California sea lions and one Guadalupe fur seal were brought to SeaWorld San Diego for rehabilitation because the facility they were in has reached capacity, the park announced today.
They were transported Monday from the Marine Mammal Center at Fort McArthur in San Pedro, according to SeaWorld.
Park officials said the number of sea lions beaching themselves this year is higher than normal.
In addition to the marine mammals from San Pedro, the park has rescued 57 California sea lions, two dolphins, two elephant seals and one harbor seal since the beginning of this year.
SeaWorld officials said they plan to take care of the marine mammals until they are ready to return to the wild.
A harbor seal that had been handled by the park’s animal care team was released today, according to SeaWorld.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the marine mammals might be having trouble finding food.
The beached sea lions have been malnourished and dehydrated, SeaWorld said.