Emergency responders train to rescue sea lions, other wildlife caught in oil spills

A rescue team from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center reacted instantly when they found a sea lion covered in oil on a San Clemente beach in 2015.

They photographed him, took samples of the oil, assessed his health for a wash and then went to work to remove as much oil as possible.

The sea lion, which they named Slick, was treated for dehydration and began eating, showing signs of improvement. But two weeks later, he developed severe lung congestion and died.

While Slick’s case — a sea lion covered in oil — is not typical of most rescues by Laguna’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center, officials there say it’s critical for them to be trained what to do in the event of an oil spill.

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