Sausalito marine mammal rescue crew saves sea lion


July 26, 2013 9:07:10 PM PDT
A training exercise turned into the real thing for a marine mammal rescue team based in the Bay Area.

A Sausalito Marine Mammal Center crew was training in Monterey when they came across an adult male sea lion under the Monterey Wharf, with a rubber band around its neck.

During a 90-minute rescue, they captured him and pulled him onto a boat. They nicknamed him "HC."

Back in Sausalito, veterinarians cut the band off.

After a couple of days of recovery, they released the sea lion back into the ocean on Wednesday.