Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sea Lion with Nylon Rope around Its Neck Rescued by Vancouver Aquarium

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sea Lion with Nylon Rope around Its Neck Rescued by Vancouver Aquarium

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Vancouver Aquarium rescues sea lion from rope

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VANCOUVER - A Steller sea lion that had a thick piece of braided plastic cutting deeply into its neck has been saved by the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

The aquarium says the team that saved the female sea lion on Saturday also tried to help a younger animal entangled in a plastic packing strap but the animal was able to bite out a sedative-carrying dart and bolted into the ocean.

The rescued female was full grown and estimated to weight about 260 kilograms.

In Canada, the aquarium says Steller sea lions are a species of special concern and some populations are endangered in parts of Alaska.

They are the biggest of the sea lions.

The rescue was done with the help of vessels from Fisheries and Oceans Canada. …

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