The Thoughtful Animal

Four sea lions nicknamed Matti, Pablo, Apolo and Taite were recently found underweight and malnourished on beaches in Orange County. This morning, they were released back into the wild before a cheering crowd at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach. This was possible due the incredible work of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline.

And check out how positively THRILLED the animals seem to be to get back into the water. Let’s hope they re-adjust to life at sea smoothly and that the PMMC never sees them again!

(h/t LAist)