For more than 50 years,
Sea World has been the interna-
tional leader in the rescue and
rehabilitation of marine animals.
Jody Westberg found her true
calling after helping save a
stranded baby gray whale
named J.J. back in 1997. She
spent 15 months nursing
the gray whale back to health
before returning her to the
ocean. Today, she is the park’s
stranded animal coordinator,
overseeing Sea World’s marine
mammal rescue and animal
health care programs. She
coordinates the rescue of
nearly 150 animals each year,
and remarkably, 70 percent
return to the ocean.
BEST PART OF HER JOB
When you see an animal that was so malnourished
you could count its ribs and it could barely lift its
head, and then you see that same animal healthy,
active vocally and thriving, and entering the water
for its second chance at life—that is absolutely my
favorite part of the job.
SAN DIEGO HIGHLIGHTS
I love to go to the Old Point Loma Lighthouse for
its history, the views and for spotting gray whales,
which hold a very special place in my heart. I love
that you can hike and explore the tide pools below
the lighthouse, where there is a rookery of wild harbor seals that not many people are aware of.
Balboa Park is also one of my favorite places
to enjoy walks, especially through the Rose and
Desert Gardens. I never miss the Haunted Trail or
December Nights, or an annual trip to The Old
Globe for Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
SEAWORLD DON’T MISS
A behind-the-scenes tour. It’s the best way to really
get a peek at what it’s like to work at Sea World, how
we care for the animals on a daily basis and how
our rescue program works.
Jody Westerberg is an SDTA Ambassador and
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