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Alaska SeaLife Center Sending Sea Otter to Oregon Coast Aquarium

Seward, AK – October 22, 2010 – The Alaska SeaLife Center reported today that MoJoe, a rehabilitated sea otter was transported to his new home at the Oregon Coast Aquarium today.

MoeJoe was found alone on a beach in Homer, Alaska.  He had a laceration on his face, and a broken jaw.  At an estimated four months old, he was too young to be without his mother.  An Alaska Department of Fish and Game employee observed the animal and notified ASLC staff, which then picked him up and admitted him on July 23rd, 2010.  During his stay at the Alaska SeaLife Center he has gained over seventeen pounds, and doubled his body weight.  Upon his arrival he weighed approximately fifteen and a half pounds (7.1 kg) and now weighs approximately thirty-six pounds (16.3 kg).

After his final health checks, MoJoe was cleared by Alaska SeaLife Center Veterinary Staff to leave the rehabilitation facility at ASLC.  MoJoe was transported by FedEx flight and on small charter plane to the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Thursday, arriving in the wee hours of Friday morning.

“MoJoe is a great example of how rehabilitation can take a man made crisis, such as a boat strike, and change the story to one that ends with a healthy animal.  Thanks to the combined efforts of many specialists in the field, MoJoe will now be able to promote his species for many years to come. We thank Oregon Coast Aquarium for their efforts and continued care. It is special that MoeJoe will now be with Aialik, the first sea otter ever rehabilitated by the Alaska SeaLife Center.”  said Tim Lebling, Alaska SeaLife Center Stranding Operations Manager.

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Stranding Program responds to sea otters with the authorization of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Once a sea otter is admitted, it receives round-the-clock care by the veterinarian and animal care staff at ASLC.

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a private non-profit research institution and visitor attraction which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems.  For more information regarding MoJoe, the Stranding program, or any other part of the Alaska SeaLife Center please reference the Alaska SeaLife Center website at www.alaskasealife.orgTo report a sea otter stranding in Alaska call 1-888-774-SEAL.

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