SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A California sea otter pup found stranded on a beach near Santa Barbara was brought to SeaWorld San Diego for long-term care.
The female pup was found as a newborn three months ago and treated for a viral infection. She arrived at SeaWorld Tuesday from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
A SeaWorld representative said the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service determined that the otter should not be returned to the ocean, prompting the transfer. It is hoped that she can be introduced to the other sea otters at the park in a few weeks.
Veterinarians and animal care staff are monitoring the condition of the sea otter, which is consuming a diet of shrimp and clams. She weighs 13 1/2 pounds now -- normal female adults reach 44 pounds, according to SeaWorld.
The California sea otter is considered threatened by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Authorities Monday released an artist's rendering of a man being sought for following and pestering teenage girls in East County neighborhoods early this summer.
A wildfire that scorched about 200 brushy acres in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County Monday threatened back-country homes and a naval training center for several hours, but caused no reported structural damage or injuries.
News 8's Chief Meteorologist Matt Baylow traveled to Wyoming to see the Great American Eclipse. He had one of the best view points in the nation with clear skies and temperatures in the low 80's.
The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.
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Thousands of San Diegans enjoyed viewing Monday's solar eclipse at events around the city as 57 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon.
If you're planning on watching Monday's solar eclipse you'll need to head east as morning clouds along the coast will likely block those near the beaches from seeing the celestial event.
San Diego Gas & Electric officials said they expect to lose about 500 megawatts of solar energy production during Monday's eclipse, but they expect to have enough power on hand to meet demand.