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This docuseries tells the stories of the rescue and rehabilitation of various kinds of marine life by teams of veterinarians, biologists and other animal care experts. The series is a collaboration between Sea World and the ABC network. It was originally hosted Sam Champion and is currently hosted by Matt Gutman, both of ABC News. The series debuted in 2012.

Litton Entertainment
6 Seasons, 144 Episodes
September 3, 2011
News, Reality
Cast: Matt Gutman, Sam Champion
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Sea Rescue Full Episode Guide

  • Shark populations are in serious peril, but thankfully conservationists all over the world are working hard to ensure these incredible animals are around for generations. Then, a manatee has been hit by a boat, can't swim and needs aid.

  • Four stories featuring animals with ailments that leave rescuers with some serious challenges.

  • It’s Mother’s Day, but while people celebrate, one manatee mom and her calf are in grave trouble. Then, a loggerhead sea turtle overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds with the help of a dedicated...

  • A stranded sea lion pup is starving and the rescue team walks several miles to help him. Then, rescuers and a pilot join forces to get a sea turtle named Zero back to his ocean home.

  • A young humpback whale becomes entangled in fishing gear along the California coast and rescuers have one chance to free this precious life. Then, a birdwatcher out for a walk with his dog spots a young seal in a field surrounded by a herd of cows.

  • The rescuers look for a wandering manatee stuck in frigid waters; a gray seal has to be brought back to its ocean home once it's rescued from a canal.

  • A devastating storm approaches a small island in the middle of the Pacific, threatening the lives of thousands of albatross and their chicks. An entangled sea lion evades rescuers, and when they finally get to him, his injury is worse than expected.

  • Stories featuring otters in need of assistance are showcased. Included: a freezing otter; two stranded otters; an injured otter.

  • Four starving sea lion pups are rescued from a Southern California beach, but rescuers have their hands full trying to get them well again. Then, a manatee is struck by a boat on the Florida coast and suffers devastating injuries.

  • A young harbor seal is stuck in a narrow rocky crevice and if rescuers can’t figure out how to reach him in time, he could drown. Then, severe storms cause a young dolphin to strand on a beach and rescuers make history trying to save him.

  • A humpback whale is tangled in fishing gear so rescuers race to the scene to help. Then, a sea lion has fishing line wrapped tight around his neck, but reaching him will be a challenge.

  • A sea lion is rescued after being bitten by a shark and she's in desperate need of medical help. Then, a dolphin is stuck in a freshwater bayou, so a rescue team responds.

  • Two rarely seen pygmy killer whales strand in Mississippi and the mission begins to save them. Then, an inquisitive young sea lion climbs into a car and turns on the wipers before the rescue team arrives.

  • We look at how discarded plastic is affecting the oceans and marine life. Then, hundreds of sea turtles come ashore close to death in North Carolina because of plunging water temperatures.

  • Rescues involving sea creatures being airlifted include a manatee in Texas being brought back to Florida; chilled turtles being relocated to a warmer climate; and a dolphin getting on a plane to join the U.S. Navy.

  • A very young harbor seal is separated from its mom and without help this pup will die. Then, a loggerhead sea turtle is rescued after an oil spill and the mission begins to save the life of “Big Mama.”

  • A humpback whale is tangled up in commercial fishing gear and it will take a herculean effort by a Canadian rescue team to save this majestic animal. Then, an unfortunate sea lion has a piece of fishing equipment called a “gill net” wrapped around its neck, so the SeaWorld rescue team races to help.

  • Coast Guard animal rescues are highlighted. Also: An officer attempts to save a sea turtle from drowning.

  • A manatee is stuck in frigid waters. In addition: a look at measures to save the endangered clapper rail.

  • California sea lions have been coming ashore starving and emaciated in record numbers. In this special episode host Matt Gutman and a team of experts go on a journey to share the story of the crisis affecting sea lion pups.

  • Four examples of sea life being hurt by contaminated water are shown. Included: a crew of pelicans become paralyzed and sea lions turn ill.

  • A sea lion enters a seafood establishment and gets comfortable in a booth; thousands of worn-out and hungry common murres arrive on a section of California coastland.

  • Lifeguards help rescuers attempting to free a dolphin from a muddy bay; a very young sea otter is found by itself on a beach, so rescuers have to act as surrogate moms.

  • A juvenile great white shark becomes stranded off Cape Cod. Then, after a harbor seal survives a shark attack he' left with a life-threatening wound and rescuers use an ancient cure to help.

  • Flamingos in Mexico, penguins in South Africa, sea birds in California and sandhill cranes in Florida all need help. In this special edition of Sea Rescue, four inspiring stories of feathered friends and the people who help them.

  • Rescue teams in Maui respond to a young, emaciated humpback whale severely entangled in heavy gauge line. Then, a harbor seal that can't swallow fish is taken to SeaWorld San Deigo where the team must discover how to help her if she's going to survive.

  • A manatee has been struck by a boat and needs to be rescued or he could drown. Then, a young dolphin is spotted in a freshwater bayou in Texas and rescuers have to move quickly to save this saltwater animal.

  • A leatherback sea turtle strands in South Carolina and rescuers come to the rescue. Then, a mysterious substance appears in the San Francisco Bay and threatens the lives of hundreds of sea birds.

  • A sea lion is spotted with a deadly tangle of line and a fishing lure caught in his mouth, and rescuers need to find him before it' too late. Then, a dolphin strands near the U.S border with Mexico and is in critical condition.

  • Meet the pioneers who spent decades perfecting techniques to safely and successfully sedate and return entangled sea lions in the wild. Then, a female loggerhead sea turtle is taken to SeaWorld Orlando for care.

  • Two dolphins, a whale and a sea lion are all fighting for their lives while tangled up in fishing gear. In this special edition of Sea Rescue, teams work quickly to save these unfortunate animals from their deadly entanglements.

  • When a newborn orphaned sea otter pup washes ashore, rescuers act quickly to give this infant a second chance.  Then, a newborn harbor seal strands with a swollen neck and rescuers have to get her well again.

  • Rescuers discover 20 manatees trapped in a narrow drainpipe and begin an overnight rescue to save them all. Then, two loggerhead sea turtles are brought to the South Carolina Aquarium with life-threatening shell injuries.

  • A young harbor seal is brought into SeaWorld San Diego with a broken back and a mysterious illness. Then, rescuers wade in to help a badly sunburned dolphin stranded on a sandbar.

  • A young harbor seal is brought into SeaWorld San Diego with a broken back and a mysterious illness. Then, rescuers wade in to help a badly sunburned dolphin stranded on a sandbar.

  • When a sick dolphin washes ashore in Louisiana, a dedicated rescue team helps it, inspiring a group of school children along the way.  Then, hundreds of turtles strand along the Gulf shore of Texas in critical condition.

  • A manatee becomes stranded in frigid waters near Savannah, Georgia, as rescuers race to reach him in time. Then, two young harbor seals with serious injuries arrive at SeaWorld San Diego and the team works to save them.

  • It's a fight for survival in Hawaii as rescuers work tirelessly to help the endangered monk seal population recover. Then, a great blue heron is in grave danger after a soda can becomes stuck around its beak, so rescuers must step in to help.

  • Four animals, one problem: they've all been hooked with a sharp object. In this special episode of Sea Rescue, it's up to rescue teams across the country to get two dolphins, a sea lion and a small shark safely back to their ocean homes.

  • A sea lion is brought to SeaWorld San Diego in the back of a police car. Then, two albatross turn up in the unlikeliest of places: a desert community and a container ship. Fortunately for these wayward long-distance fliers, help is on hand.

  • Hundreds of endangered sea turtles strand on the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, after spending too long in water that's too cold for them. A rescue effort is launched to save them by flying these turtles all over the country to rehabilitation centers.

  • Sea lion pups start washing ashore, ill and emaciated, up and down the California coast. Soon the numbers shatter all previous records and rescue teams work around the clock to keep up with a deluge of sick patients.

  • A manatee turns up in Trinity Bay near Galveston, Texas, and when the water temperature drops, a multitude of rescue groups work together to save the manatee. Then, two sea lions in San Diego have life threatening entanglements around their necks.

  • A rescue team tries to save a young whale tangled up in fishing line off the coast of Maui as its mother swims nearby. Then, a baby manatee is discovered without her mom, so rescuers step in to take care of this precious little girl.

  • A pipeline bursts near Santa Barbara, California, spilling thousands of gallons of oil into a precious ecosystem. One of the biggest rescue efforts in state history begins to save seabirds and marine mammals caught in the oil's deadly path.

  • Four sea animals with one thing in common: they have a problem with their eyesight. In this Sea Rescue special, can the teams use cutting edge technology and a lot of TLC to give these animals the gift of sight?

  • A sea lion is slowly being strangled by a loop of line around his neck, so rescuers race to save him. Then, rescue teams work around the clock to prevent an ecological disaster after an oil spill in Galveston, Texas.

  • An exhausted pelican lands on a busy highway in Florida and Sea Rescue host Matt Gutman is there to assist with the rescue. Then, a manatee becomes ill after spending too long in frigid water, so the SeaWorld team launches a rescue mission to help him.

  • Marine biologists spend years trying to perfect a technique to help rescue one of the biggest creatures on the planet: the right whale. Then, oil washes ashore during a Gulf spill, and rescuers spring into action to save hundreds of sea turtles in danger.

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