Healthy Sea Lions Returned to Ocean

By Sarah Grieco
|  Friday, Apr 26, 2013  |  Updated 5:56 PM PDT
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Remember all those sick seal lions from earlier this year?

Well now some of them are healthy enough to return back to the ocean, SeaWorld announced today.

Marine mammal experts release eight rescued sea lions into the ocean on Friday afternoon. Five of the sea lions were fitted with satellite transmitters so SeaWorld can monitor their behavior.

The transmitters will eventually fall off the sea lions, according to SeaWorld.

More than 1,100 sea lions have washed up on the shores of California this year. The epidemic, which caused NOAA to declare an "unusual mortality event" earlier this month, has baffled scientists.

SeaWorld San Diego has helped many of the sea lions that have washed ashore by feeding them and providing care at their facility.

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