Sunbuddy: Northern elephant seal male pup
Sunbuddy was rescued by The Marine Mammal Center on May 9, 2010 from Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey, CA. He had cuts on his hip and was very underweight. Once at the Center, our veterinarians found and removed a piece of plastic caught in his throat.
With the help of information from the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s “What on Earth?” column, it was determined that the plastic piece was part of a hagfish or eel trap. Sunbuddy released on June 6, 2010 at Point Lobos State Reserve, Monterey County, CA.
Learn more about Sunbuddy and other pinniped patients at www.MarineMammalCenter.org.