SAN DIEGO – SeaWorld San Diego has purchased and launched a new rescue boat to better serve local sea life that are in need of rescue and rehabilitation.
On Thursday, July 3, Councilmember Lorie Zapf did the honors by breaking a bottle of champagne on the bow of the new boat, Second Chance.
According to SeaWorld San Diego, the agency has rescued more than 7,000 ill, injured and orphaned marine mammals in the last 50 years, giving the animals a second chance at life. Once a rescued animal is medically rehabilitated and SeaWorld’s Animal Care Team believes the animal demonstrates that it is able to fend for itself, it is returned to the ocean off the coast of San Diego. The rehabilitated animals are returned to the ocean by boat.
Second Chance, a new 27-foot Boston Whaler, is equipped with two 600-horsepower outboard engines and has a greater carrying capacity then other boats used by the organization. The boat also features an unsinkable hull, a large dive-door and the latest in navigation technology.