Two sea lions, which were rescued from the California coast, have found a new home at the Mystic Aquarium.
There were several attempts to put a male and female pinniped back in the ocean, however Mystic Aquarium officials said those attempts were unsuccessful.
Mystic Aquarium trainer Christine Metzger of Stonington traveled to Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA to help care for the two-year-old sea loins. However, the animals were brought from the center to Mystic Aquarium on Friday, which will be be their permanent residence.
The sea lions are expected to be in quarantine for “several months.” They will be introduced to the public sometime later this year.
The sea lions are receiving “ongoing veterinary care and enrichment training” at the Aquatic Animal Study Center in the Aquarium.
Now that they are in good health and permanent care, the lions were named Ripley, the male, and Clara, the female, after a two-week online campaign.
Mystic Aquarium officials said “a record number of sea lion pups were found stranded on California beaches emaciated and dehydrated” in 2015.
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