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December 22, 2011
  • Cyclone, a 3-year-old female sea lion, was released back into the ocean Dec. 4 after spending a couple months rehabilitating at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.
Cyclone, a 3-year-old female sea lion, was released back…

Sea lion back in good health for holidays

An adult female sea lion that has been rehabilitated at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center for the past two months has been released back into the ocean just in time for the holidays, according to the center.

Cyclone, 3, came to the center in October after suffering a dangerous bite on her lower back from a great white shark, according to a news release from the center. She was released back into the water Dec. 4.

"Cyclone is extremely lucky to be alive," Animal Care Director Michele Hunter said in a statement. "We weren't sure if she would ever be able to use her hind quarters again, but she has shown tremendous strength and progress through her rehabilitation."

The animal weighed just 63 pounds on arrival, but reached the healthy weight of 115 pounds.

"We are so proud of the recovery Cyclone has made. Watching her improve each day has been an inspiration to all of the volunteers that work so hard to help her along," longtime volunteer JoAnn Smith said in a statement. "It's the perfect holiday gift to us!"

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Mammal center board member honored

Pacific Marine Mammal Center board member and UC Irvine civil and environmental engineering professor Bill Cooper has been elected as a 2011 fellow of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Also head of UCI's Urban Water Research Center, he was honored for distinguished interdisciplinary contributions in environmental photochemistry and free-radical chemistry in nature systems and in water treatment, according to a news release.

Cooper said the election has special significance for him: The world's largest general scientific society, AAAS publishes the journal Science, which ran his first paper in 1967, when he was an undergraduate at Pennsylvania's Allegheny College. Cooper will be officially welcomed Feb. 18 in Vancouver at the AAAS annual meeting.

The mammal center is at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, call (949) 494-3050 or visit http://www.pacificmmc.org.

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Weekly update from the city manager

•The city Laguna Beach implemented an enhanced permitting system Dec. 12. Some delays may occur in processing submittals, including payments, while adjusting to the new system.

•The California Office of Administrative Law approved the South Coast Marine Protected Area regulations on Dec. 8. The designations are slated to go into effect Jan. 1. To see the Office of Administrative Law document, visit http://tinyurl.com/7uzqsah.

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