In October 2021, there was a massive oil spill that occurred in Huntington Beach. Seaworld San Diego stated that it will take a large crew to clean up the mess. This company is a member of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. They have teamed up to help care for sick and injured animals.
Kim Petersen is the rescue supervisor at Seaworld. She stated that her team is here to help. They stated that they have a building that is ready to accept the animals. They also stated that they will be caring for the dolphins and sea turtles that have been impacted by the oil spill.
It is estimated that 100,000 gallons of oil spilled into the ocean. Wildlife conservation experts have stated that the oil spill is a major issue and can even impact the migrating birds. According to Oiled Wildlife Care Network’s executive director, there are only four birds left. They also said that they may not see the effect of the oil spill for several weeks.
Kim stated that when the animals come to the center, they are in dire need. Many of them are covered in the oil and likely would not have survived if they had not come to the center. They have to wash all of the oil off of the animals. They use dishwashing liquid, elbow grease and water to clean the animals off. There are some animals that are not strong enough to survive having the oil washed off of them. The animals have to be handled delicately.
Kim said that she feels great when they are able to release the animals back into the ocean after they have made a recovery. Seaworld has a 8,000 foot center. It has the ability to hold 200 seabirds and 20 otters at the same time.
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