Imperial Beach, Calif. - Two Border Patrol agents from the San Diego sector's Imperial Beach station responded to a citizen's report Tuesday of an animal in distress on the beach. The responding agents found two marine mammals which they believed were in need of medical attention and contacted Sea World San Diego representatives, who transported and treated the animals.
At around 12:45 p.m., agents responded to the scene of the report which was located near the International Boundary between the United States and Mexico and found a sea lion. The agents said the sea lion appeared to be favoring an injured left flipper. As the agents approached the sea lion it entered the ocean. The sea lion washed ashore again, about 200 yards north of its prior location, where agents continued to observe the animal. Sea World San Diego's General Animal Care Department was contacted to advise them of the location of the injured sea lion.
Minutes later, agents noticed a second marine mammal wash ashore, approximately 100 yards south of their location. Agents kept watch over both animals until the arrival of Senior Animal Care Specialist Mike Glenn with Sea World's Stranded Animal Rescue Unit.
Glenn made an initial medical assessment of each animal's condition and determined that they both required medical attention. The agents assisted Mr. Glenn in carefully loading and securing the animals onto a rescue vehicle. The animals were transported to the Sea World Beached Animal Facility which is charged with the care and rehabilitation of beached animals before they are reintroduced back into the wild.
Glenn identified the first animal as a California Sea Lion, approximately one year of age, and weighing approximately 40 pounds. He identified the second animal as a Northern Elephant Seal estimated to be 6 to 8 weeks of age, and approximately 80 pounds in weight. Both animals are presently undergoing fluid therapy to treat dehydration and will be receiving formula and food therapy to ensure their viability and self-sufficiency before they are released back into their natural habitat.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.