Just days old and with no mother in sight, Astro, a Steller sea lion pup, was spotted by a researcher at Año 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 adoption certificate with Astro’s photo and story.
Interested in upgrading your Astro adoption? Click here to add a plush and book!
Your symbolic adoption will make a difference in the life of a marine mammal like Astro.
Last Minute Gift?
Adopting Astro as a last-minute gift? You will receive a link to a printable, temporary certificate you can present to your loved one. The personalized certificate will arrive in the mail in a few days.
Free USPS shipping included!