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The Tylers deserve praise

former mayor of Morro Bay

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I am appalled at your article about the Morro Bay Aquarium (“The aquatic anachronism,” May 17). Given the size and age of this facility, of course it can’t compare to Monterey. But when the Monterey aquarium had a motherless baby otter, they contacted Bertha Tyler, because she created a formula that saved another baby otter’s life.

And Suzy, the sea lion listed as one of the animals that died at the facility, was released several times and kept coming back. The last time, she actually walked back to the aquarium on the sidewalk (I have photos), and the Tylers were granted a special permit by the National Marine Fisheries Service to let Suzy stay where she so obviously wanted to be.

For nearly 50 years, Dean and Bertha have provided care and sanctuary for injured and abandoned animals at their own expense, and they deserve praise for that, not a hatchet job article.

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