Sheila Eberly with the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center releases two cormorants at the Talbert Marsh on Monday.

Sheila Eberly with the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center releases two cormorants at the Talbert Marsh on Monday. (SCOTT SMELTZER, Daily Pilot / October 15, 2012)

Cormorants were released back into the wild from the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach Monday afternoon.

The black sea birds have been rescued in the past from fishing lines, as in a late September incident during which surfers wrestled two cormorants ashore near Newport Pier and called animal control. One of the birds had been snagged by a hook and the other had been weighed down by a fishing sinker.

Newport Beach Animal Control officers drove the birds to the center. A representative from the center could not be reached to confirm if the released birds were the same cormorants.

— Jill Cowan

Twitter: @jillcowan