|: Boardwalk :|
|Species: Steller Sea Lion|
Last week, on June 23, Steller Sea Lion, 'Boardwalk' swooped in from Haines in the middle of the night. With equipment and container, the runway was too short for some and the load to heavy for others. Coast Guard helicopters, Army National Guard and a number of other transport options were explored before JimAir Charter came through. Just getting Boardwalk to the Center was a significant logistical challenge.
At the Center, care began immediately at around 5:00 a.m. and staff members were hesitant to speak about Boardwalk's chances for survival. Boardwalk came in extremely emaciated, weighing only 45 kilograms at an estimated two years old. She is roughly 50- to 100- kilograms behind the expected weight for her age � as measured by checking her teeth. Boardwalk had multiple puncture/laceration wounds on her neck, which were infected. She is now eating fish, drinking from her water container, and appears to have stabilized.
Boardwalk made her debut appearance at the SeaLife Center on June 23rd, creating a great deal of excitement for the staff as she is only the second stranded Steller sea lion brought into the rescue and rehabilitation program. Finding transport to bring Boardwalk from Haines, Alaska where she was found, to Seward was no easy task for Stranding Network Coordinator, Tim Lebling. Many organizations were willing to help, including the Coast Guard and the Army National Guard, but their airplanes were either too big for the Haines runway or too small to hold her 400-lb crate. Land and water crossings were out of the picture because truck transport would require border permits and the ferry from Juneau didn�t run in time. Finally, Tim was able to assemble a crew to head down to Haines, catch and load the animal, and then board a flight to Seward during the wee hours of the morning.
Boardwalk has a fully erupted set of teeth which helped staff to estimate her age at two years, though her slight weight of 45 kilograms suggests a younger animal. Boardwalk has multiple infected punctures and lacerations along her neck, but it is her extreme emaciation that creates the most concern. She is being tested for various internal parasites, and in the meantime she will be fed live fish and housed in dry holding, since she needs to build her blubber layer to stay warm in cold water.
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