SeaWorld San Diego will continue to suspend its sea lion and otter shows for at least another week, as trainers continue to focus on rescue efforts of sea lion pups stranded along the coast.
In the meantime, some of the trainers will host sea lion and otter informational presentations at the park. The presentations will start Friday and will be at 1:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. at the stadium.
The other trainers will continue to rescue the large number of pups found stranded along the Southern California Coast.
SeaWorld first announced it was suspending the shows on March 7, so that trainers could instead focus on rescue efforts.
Park officials said Thursday they will re-evaluate the situation next week regarding when to bring back the sea lion and otter shows.
SeaWorld San Diego has rescued more than 400 sea lions so far this year. That number is more than twice the number of marine mammal rescues the park averages in a typical year, the park said.
SeaWorld also announced it's in the process of constructing two temporary pool for the rescued sea lions.
Several pups rescued this year have been found in poor condition, with some weighing around 20 pounds. Typically, sea lion pups weigh 50 to 60 pounds.