Baby Sea Lion Rescue
A group of us went whale watching two miles straight out from Cardiff on our paddle boards on a brisk but sunny January morning.
A very small sea lion pup raced through the water and hopped on my board.
I got on my knees so I wouldn't fall in and put my paddle between us because I didn't know what he was going to do, and more importantly, where his mother might be.
He slipped under my paddle and began nuzzling me and searched my entire front include my neck and face with his nose and whiskers. He was looking for milk.
Although sea lions don't usually drink water because they get it from the fish that they eat, I offerred by water to the little guy. He drank it all up.
He then snuggled into my lap, wrapped his body around my right arm, so that the sun hit him straight on, and fell asleep for about forty-five minutes.
A couple of friends raced into shore to call Sea World Marine Mammal Rescue because it was clear he was under nourished and dehydrated.
With a friend by my side, I managed to paddle in to shore with the little guy on my board.
One of the girls that paddled in before came out to tell us that Sea World would arrive in a few minutes. So, we waited.
When we reached the sand, the pup jumped off.
He looked at me for direction and told him it was alright. I patted my board and he jumped back on.
The rescuers tried to catch him, but he got away and returned to the sea.
I was very disappointed that Sea World didn't catch him because he needed help.
However they explained to me that this is very common during this time of year which is pup season.
They have a section quarantined off at their facility where the rehabilitate these little guys then release them back where they found them.
This experience is one of the most spiritual things that has every happened to me. That pup completely trusted me. He was a gift to say the least. I sure hope he made it and I thank Sea World for trying to help rescue him.
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