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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
7 Seasons, 169 Episodes
September 3, 2011
News, Reality
8.4/10
Cast: Matt Gutman, Sam Champion
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Sea Rescue Full Episode Guide

  • A sea lion is in a precarious spot that’s hard to reach, so a rescuer will need a lot of patience if he’s going to be able to save “Patience” the sea lion. Then, when a dolphin gets stuck in an estuary in San Diego, local lifeguards and the SeaWorld team have to battle through thick, sticky mud to try and save him.

  • In this special episode, viewers have a front row seat to four dramatic whale rescues. A mysterious whale washes ashore all alone; a humpback whale is helplessly entangled in fishing gear; a rarely seen baby whale needs around the clock care; and four young pilot whales, left without a pod, form a strong bond.

  • A mother turtle sacrifices for her hatchlings; a manatee is unable to swim normally; a harbor seal can't swallow food. Also: a seal who almost fell prey to a shark.

  • The rescue team must walk several miles to save a stranded and starving sea-lion pup; a pilot teams up with the rescuers to get a sea turtle back to its home in the ocean.

  • When a pilot whale strands off Florida a quick-thinking rescue team uses some ingenuity to get it the help it needs. Then, a large sea lion has a fishing hook injury but rescuing this animal is no easy task.

  • A humpback whale is tangled up in fishing equipment off the coast of Northern California so a rescue team puts to sea to save it. Then when severe cold weather hits the Gulf coast sea turtles start washing ashore prompting a large-scale rescue.

  • Two malnourished sea lion pups are rescued and the SeaWorld team is astonished to discover the close bond they form. Then, a bald eagle suffering from lead poisoning is discovered on a farm and rescuers race to keep this symbol of America alive.

  • Four stories of young animals who are in trouble and all on their own. A starving sea lion clinging to a rock, a baby manatee who becomes a super mom, a rare turtle hatchling with a missing flipper, and a days old orphaned harbor seal.

  • When an injured Western gull lands in the middle of a schoolyard, a seventh grader steps in to help. Then, SeaWorld rescuers respond to a sea lion with devastating injuries that could leave him blind. Can they save Buck the sea lion?

  • Hurricane Matthew washes thousands of tiny turtles back to shore and rescuers scramble to save their precious lives. Then, flooding from Hurricane Hermine allows manatees a chance to explore, but when they get stuck rescuers must step in to save them.

  • When a deadly algae bloom breaks out along the Pacific Coast, rescuers race against the clock to save as many marine animals as they can. Then, two rescue baby manatees form a close bond while recuperating.

  • A Newfoundland dog helps rescue a dying loggerhead sea turtle. Then, we meet a group of dedicated volunteers trying to save African penguins from extinction.

  • A lost white pelican lands on a California Highway and a Patrol Officer becomes an unlikely hero. Then, when a sea turtle swims so far north he becomes sick from the cold rescuers step in.

  • When a curious manatee finds herself stuck in an underground pipe, a community rallies to help get her well again. Then, a prehistoric-looking leatherback sea turtle strands next to an apartment complex and it’s all hands on deck to save this incredible creature of the deep.

  • Four stories of animals trapped in dangerous locations – a dolphin trapped in a freshwater lake, two stories of manatees stuck in drain pipes, and a harbor seal wedged in a narrow, rocky crevice.

  • The SeaWorld rescue team steps in after a harbor seal pup is abandoned by its mother. Then, when a tiny orphaned manatee is discovered all alone, rescuers act as a surrogate mother to Moose the manatee.

  • A sea turtle stuck in a salt pond could die of dehydration unless rescuers can treat him in time. Then, a sick dolphin lost in a murky canal must overcome some major obstacles to get back out to his ocean home.

  • In this special episode, host Matt Gutman travels to Mexico with renowned artist and shark conservationist Guy Harvey to dive with the biggest fish in the sea, the mysterious whale shark and to discover what's driving an ecotourism boom.

  • Two sisters go on a ride along with the SeaWorld team and end up helping to save a sick elephant seal. Then, students rescue an ailing turtle on the beaches of Cape Cod and a remarkable journey begins to get this survivor well again and back to its ocean home.

  • Two sisters go on a ride along with the SeaWorld team and end up helping to save a sick elephant seal. Then, students rescue an ailing turtle on the beaches of Cape Cod and a remarkable journey begins to get this survivor well again and back to its ocean home.

  • California condors are huge, magnificent birds but they face serious threats in the wild so a dedicated rescue team works tirelessly to help them recover from the brink of extinction. Then, a baby harbor seal is abandoned and starving so the SeaWorld rescue team steps in to help.

  • Meet the dedicated teams who travel to Nicaragua to try to save threatened and endangered sea turtles from extinction. Then, a helpless harbor seal pup is tangled in a deadly nylon fishing net and it’s going to take an air lift to get it to safety.

  • When a sea lion is spotted with a potentially deadly tangle of fishing gear around his neck, the SeaWorld team races to help. Then, when a creek becomes a death trap for a dolphin, he doesn’t make life easy for rescuers who try to help him.

  • The heartwarming tale of an injured sea lion and the caring eight-year old animal lover who became part of the effort to save her life. Then, when a endangered leatherback sea turtle washes ashore in Florida, a rescue team leaps into action to save it.

  • 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.

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