published on July 20, 2016 - 9:35 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo announced that Catalina, an 8-year-old California sea lion, died last week after suffering from Valley fever.

Catalina came to Fresno in 2010 from the Fort MacArthur Marine Mammal Center near Long Beach, where she was rescued from a rear flipper injury — most likely a shark bite.

“Guests loved hearing about Catalina’s rescue story — how she survived a shark attack and came to Fresno as a young sea lion,” according to a statement from the zoo’s mammal team. “She brought energy to our sea lion presentations; and was always up for porpoising around higher than any of the other animals. She was our go-to animal when we wanted to show how athletic and energetic sea lions were during behind the scenes tours. We can’t imagine how many guests she inspired to care more about the health of the oceans and the animals that live there. It will always warm our hearts to remember that about her.”

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