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The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals and the study of their health. Since 1975, the Center has rescued and treated more than 16,500 marine mammals and has accumulated a body of knowledge about marine mammal and ocean health. Through public education about marine mammals, the Center hopes to foster ocean stewardship and conservation. For more information, visit http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Arctic Update

Above, Arctic protests coming out of her pool to be loaded into a crate and weighed on a large scale. *Photos taken from a distance with a zoom lens.

Arctic, the endangered Steller sea lion the Center has been caring for (see previous entry), has been making steady progress. So far, the strict protocol of minimal human contact implemented to reduce her chances of habituation to people seems to be working. We want her to remain as wild as possible so that she can eventually be released back into the the Steller sea lion population. Physically, she is also progressing, and at last week's weigh-in, she weighed 38 kilos (83 lbs). Because even our staff and volunteers have only gotten infrequent glimpses of Arctic, due to her seclusion from people, we took the opportunity to snap some photos to share with you when she was weighed, taken from a distance and with a zoom lens. If Arctic's progress continues, she may be reintegrated into the wild population and have pups of her own one day to increase this dwindling species.

1 comment:

chammy said...

let's protect our marine mammals, let's propagate knowledge about them to protect and conserve them.

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