Jul 03

SeaWorld San Diego’s New Rescue Boat: Second Chance

SeaWorld San Diego has rescued more than 7,000 ill, injured and orphaned marine mammals in the last 50 years, giving these animals a second chance at life. Once a rescued animal is medically rehabilitated and demonstrates to our animal care team that it is able to fend for itself, it is returned to the ocean off the coast of San Diego.

To give these animals the best chance at survival, we often return them to the ocean by boat. Sea lions, seals and dolphins are typically returned anywhere from two to 15 miles off the coast in areas where sufficient food sources are available and are populated by like species.

SeaWorld’s Rescue Team recently purchased a new Boston Whaler with two 600-horsepower outboard engines.

The new 27-foot boat, named Second Chance, is bigger and has a greater load carrying capacity than the previous boat. It also has an unsinkable hull, a large dive-door, and state-of-the-art navigation technology.

During the christening ceremony, San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf said the rescue boat’s name aloud in front of a crowd of park guests, before breaking a champagne bottle against the boat’s hull. This tradition, which has taken a variety of forms and dates back to the times of the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians, is intended to keep the boat or ship and its crew protected on the open sea!