Sea Lion Calls Oakland Airport Home Before Being Sent Back To Sea

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— A California sea lion rescued after wandering near an Oakland International Airport runway has been given a clean bill of health and been sent home.

The thin-looking, 210-pound animal named “Saps” by workers from the Marine Mammal Center was recovered Tuesday and taken to the center’s hospital in Sausalito.

Center spokeswoman Mieke Eerkens says Saps was alert and in good health Wednesday, so they decided to waste no time in getting him back into the ocean.

After attaching a tracking tag, the center took Saps to Rodeo Beach in Marin County and let him loose.

Eerkens says Saps came out of his carrier, took a look around and “waddled decisively” toward the ocean before swimming away.

“Saps” goes home…Photo courtesy