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Rescued sea lion and elephant seal released on Vandenberg coastline

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A sign posted at Vandenberg beaches reminds Team V members not to disturb beached marine mammals here Tuesday April 24, 2012.  Individuals are to stay at least 100 yards from any marine mammal.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A sign posted at Vandenberg beaches reminds Team V members not to disturb beached marine mammals here Tuesday April 24, 2012. Individuals are to stay at least 100 yards from any marine mammal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An adult California Sea Lion is ready to be released into the wild by members of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An adult California Sea Lion is ready to be released into the wild by members of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Peter Howorth and Paul Stark of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center, along with Rhys Evans, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resources lead, carry a rescued Northern Californian Elephant Seal to the water’s edge at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases  trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Peter Howorth and Paul Stark of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center, along with Rhys Evans, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resources lead, carry a rescued Northern Californian Elephant Seal to the water’s edge at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An adult California Sea Lion is released on a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases  trapped and endangered marine mammals as well as sea turtles, along  California’s Central Coast.   (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An adult California Sea Lion is released on a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases trapped and endangered marine mammals as well as sea turtles, along California’s Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Peter Howorth and Paul Stark of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center carry a rescued Northern Californian Elephant Seal to the water’s edge at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases  trapped and endangered marine mammals along the California’s Central Coast.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Peter Howorth and Paul Stark of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center carry a rescued Northern Californian Elephant Seal to the water’s edge at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases trapped and endangered marine mammals along the California’s Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Paul Stark, Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center, pulls a rescued Northern Californian Elephant Seal from a shipping crate, returning it to its natural environment at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases trapped and endangered marine mammals along the California’s Central Coast.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Paul Stark, Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center, pulls a rescued Northern Californian Elephant Seal from a shipping crate, returning it to its natural environment at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases trapped and endangered marine mammals along the California’s Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A young Northern Californian Elephant Seal takes to the ocean when released into the ocean by members of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases trapped and endangered marine mammals along California Central Coast.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A young Northern Californian Elephant Seal takes to the ocean when released into the ocean by members of the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases trapped and endangered marine mammals along California Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jerry E. Clemens Jr.)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An adult female California Sea Lion returns to her natural habitat at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center provides rescue, rehabilitation and release of trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An adult female California Sea Lion returns to her natural habitat at a remote beach here, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center provides rescue, rehabilitation and release of trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An adult California Sea Lion dives into the ocean at a remote beach here, Tuesday April 24, 2012. This sea lion spent more than a month recovering from wounds to her front flipper at the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An adult California Sea Lion dives into the ocean at a remote beach here, Tuesday April 24, 2012. This sea lion spent more than a month recovering from wounds to her front flipper at the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An adult female California Sea Lion swims in the ocean after she was released at a remote beach here, Tuesday April 24, 2012.  This sea lion spent more than a month recovering from wounds to her front flipper at the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An adult female California Sea Lion swims in the ocean after she was released at a remote beach here, Tuesday April 24, 2012. This sea lion spent more than a month recovering from wounds to her front flipper at the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Paul Stark, a Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center volunteer, pulls a rescued baby elephant seal from a crate at a remote beach here Tuesday, April 24, 2012.  The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center releases marine animals back into their natural habitat several times a year on Vandenberg.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Paul Stark, a Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center volunteer, pulls a rescued baby elephant seal from a crate at a remote beach here Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center releases marine animals back into their natural habitat several times a year on Vandenberg. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Peter Howorth, Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center director, pull a baby Northern California Elephant Seal toward the ocean at a remote beach here Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center provides rescue, rehabilitation and release of trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)
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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Peter Howorth, Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center director, pull a baby Northern California Elephant Seal toward the ocean at a remote beach here Tuesday, April 24, 2012. The Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Center provides rescue, rehabilitation and release of trapped and endangered marine mammals along California’s Central Coast. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Green-Lanchoney)