Just days old and with no mother in sight, Astro, a Steller sea lion pup, was spotted by a researcher at Ano Nuevo Island, rescued and admitted to the Center. Astro was very young, so volunteers had to bottle-feed him a nutrient-rich formula made of ground fish, salmon oil, water and milk. Eventually, Astro learned how to seek and eat whole fish as part of the Center's fish school, in which volunteers teach young pinnipeds how to eat fish.
Astro graduated fish school with flying colors and after ten months of care at the Center, he was strong enough to go back out in to the ocean. However, despite everyone's efforts, Astro had habituated to humans and had to be rescued again. After two releases, and two returns to human populated areas, Astro was given a new home at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, where he now happily resides.
When you adopt Astro, you'll receive a personalized 7in. x 5in. adoption certificate with Astro's photo and story. Your symbolic adoption will make a difference in the life of a marine mammal like Astro!
Upgrade Available: Upgrade to a gift package with an 8in. plush sea lion and children's book Astro the Steller Sea Lion. Package parts will appear in your cart as an additional item when you upgrade.
*Due to considerable price differences between domestic and international shipping, shipping charges will apply on gift packages being shipped outside of the United States.