This female sea lion, which was released Feb. 27 in Malibu, was malnourished and had an eye injury when she was taken in by the California Wildlife Center on Jan. 1. Photos by Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
California Wildlife Center’s Marine Program Manager Mike Remski (second from left) poses with CWC volunteers (left to right) Samantha Gilmore, Heather Henderson (kneeling), Alex Merkle-Raymond, Angela Cancilla, Debbie Valdez and Susie King after the group released the first sea lion of the year.
The sea lion peers back at rescuers before heading into the Pacific Ocean.
Alex Merkle-Raymond opens the crate door as volunteers Debbie Valdez (left) and Samantha Gilmore look on.
CWC volunteers look on as the sea lion makes her way toward the ocean.
The sea lion was 66 pounds upon her release.
The sea lion checks out her natural surroundings.
CWC took the sea lion in on Jan. 1 after finding her at Pirate's Cove Beach.