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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/

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Hair Raising Mission

The Center is currently caring for 23 sea lions and one lone harbor seal named Salova with a unique ailment. Salova was brought in to the Center on August 23 with a case of alopecia, or a loss of hair. He is being treated for his patches of missing fur with anti-parasite medication, as it is possible the condition is being caused by mites. In the mean time, Salova has a pool to himself and is eager for the fish he receives from volunteers. In the video clip above, he awaits his meal from the pool, checking underwater periodically for fish.

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