National Geographic : 1998 Apr
In January 1997, a baby gray whale was found struggling along the California coast. Separated from her mother at birth, she was weak, dehydrated and barely clinging to life. Her only chance for survival was Sea World. Thanks to an around the clock team of dedicated marine mammal specialists and veterinarians, thousands of gallons of clams, fish and cream, and her very own 1.7-million-gallon pool, this big baby named J.J. is still making history. Now a robust 20,000 pounds, J.J. is ready to face her next challenge. If all goes well, her successful return to the ocean will begin a new chapter in a very special story. J.J.'s amazing rescue touched millions of people around the world. But most of our rescues don't make headlines. They happen behind the scenes every day of the year. Dedication isn't a new idea at Sea World. Our 40-year commitment to conservation and environmental awareness continues to grow stronger every day. Just like JJ.