Panama City Beach – Gulf World Marine Park is mourning the loss of one of their California Sea lions.
According to a news release, vets at the marine park had to euthanize Floater on Saturday due to a progressive paralysis caused by intervertebral disk disease, a common condition in older sea lions. Floater was 30 years old.
Floater had been at Gulf World since 1985. Ron Hardy and Brad Miller bought her from Sea World in Orlando when they first bought the park in 1984.
“Floater will be missed immensely, by our guests and even more by our animal care team and trainers,” said a Gulf World spokesperson in the news release.
This is the second animal to die in the past week at a local animal park. On April 20, Elliott, a baby giraffe, had to be euthanized at Zoo World after suffering a spinal cord injury in a fall.