“Hobie,” a California sea lion named in honor of the surfing and sailing icon Hobie Alter, successfully recovered at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and was released last week.
The sea lion was rescued on April 1, days after Alter’s death. She was found underweight and wounded resting near the pier in Newport Beach.
Alter’s widow, Susan, learned of the animal named for husband and offered to sponsor care for “Hobie” during her stay. Alter, with family and friends, joined PMMC staff at Crescent Bay to witness the 73-pound sea lion’s return to the wild.
“The Alter family was thrilled to be part of Hobie the sea lion’s rescue and release. She looked very healthy and fit thanks to the excellent and dedicated care she received at PMMC. We are proud to support their efforts, ” said Atler.