A northern fur seal that was found in Hawaii, thousands of miles away from home, was released Thursday after recovering at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin County, center officials said.
Golden Missy, a 3- to 4-year-old female seal named after American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin, was found on July 31 on the north shore of Oahu and was transported to the Bay Area via crate in a FedEx plane, according to officials at the center located in the Marin Headlands.
She was suffering from malnutrition and superficial bite wounds, possibly from a shark, but was cleared for release by the center and was set free at Chimney Rock in the Point Reyes National Seashore, center spokeswoman Kate Harle said.
Center officials do not know how Golden Missy ended up in Hawaii. Her species is usually found near the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California or near islands in the Bering Sea near Alaska, Harle said.
"She was a long way from home," Harle said.
The seal was fitted with a satellite tag so the center can see where she ends up traveling.
"We're excited to see where she heads next," Harle said.