German shepherd dog
German shepherd dog sultancicekgil/Getty Images

Dog Found Alive After Being Lost at Sea for 5 Weeks

Mar 17, 2016

A dog who was presumed dead after she went missing in the Pacific Ocean five weeks ago has been found alive.

Posted by Naval Base Coronado on Thursday, March 17, 2016

Luna, a one-year-old German Shepherd, was on a commercial fishing trip with her owner Nick Haworth when she fell overboard about two miles offshore of San Clemente, a Naval island off the coast of San Diego. Haworth reported her disappearance on Feb. 10 and then spent days scouring the area with the help of the Navy. However, Luna was eventually presumed dead.

Posted by Naval Base Coronado on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Read More: Watch This Emotional Video of a Young Boy Reuniting with His Lost Dog

But on Tuesday, she was miraculously discovered by Naval personnel on San Clemente. "They saw Luna just sitting on the side of the road wagging her tail," Sandy DeMunnik, a Naval public affairs officer, told ABC News. "Keep in mind, there are no domesticated animals on the island, so it was a stunning sight."

Luna is believed to have swum ashore and survived by eating mice on the island. She was examined by a wildlife biologist for the San Diego Zoo who said she was "perfectly healthy other than being a little undernourished."

Haworth is currently traveling for a work trip, but will be reunited with his pet in the near future.

All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.