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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/

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Sticks and Stones

Above, Keevin emerges from his pool. Photo by Marie DeStefanis, volunteer and Tuesday Day Crew Supervisor.

On September 21, the Center rescued a male California sea lion from Moss Landing. The animal was estimated at around 5 years old due to his size, which is right around the age of maturity for male California sea lions. He was lethargic and successfully rescued. This large patient is now resting and under observation at our Sausalito hospital. He is suspected of having domoic acid poisoning, though he has not yet undergone testing to confirm this, and it is unknown whether or not he has any brain damage.

When "Keevin", as he has been nicknamed, was rescued, it was reported that members of the public had been throwing things at him. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. We want to remind people that not only can this harm the animal, but it is also against the law under The Marine Mammal Protection Act. Harassment of marine mammals is taken very seriously and people are convicted and fined for it. If you see a stranded marine mammal, stay back and call our rescue line at 415-289-SEAL. And if you see members of the public harassing marine mammals, please contact us so appropriate action can be taken by the proper authorities if necessary.

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