For the first time in SeaWorld’s history, an injured shark has been rescued, rehabilitated, and released back into the ocean.
About two weeks ago the 25-pound gray smooth-hound shark was discovered in San Diego’s Marina Village with a fishing lure in its mouth and with injuries caused by fishing line.
According to CBS 8 News, SeaWorld vets treated the shark’s wounds and managed to get it to swim like a healthy shark again.
They also determined that the shark, which they named “Marina,” was pregnant.
On Wednesday, Marina was taken to an area off the coast called Kelp Forest, and released.
"She kind of took a look around and said 'OK, I'm in the Kelp Forest,' took two little swims and said 'I'm heading down,' and that's exactly what we wanted her to do," Mike Price, Assistant Curator of Fishes at SeaWorld, told CBS 8 News.
Gray smooth-hound sharks are found along the California and Baja California coasts.