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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/

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Harbor Seal Pups are Here!

Pacific Harbor seal "Pavi" begins rehabilitation at the Center.

On February 18, The Marine Mammal Center rescued its first harbor seal patient of the season. The days-old male pup, with its umbilicus still attached, was rescued at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in San Mateo County after park rangers kept him on watch in hopes of spotting his mother. With no mother in site, the pup was lying on the beach vulnerable to birds that were pecking at it. The pup was rescued and vets and volunteers at the Center are caring for Pavi, as he was nicknamed, tube-feeding him daily in hopes that he’ll eventually begin to eat fish on his own, gain weight, and develop the muscular agility needed to survive back in the wild. To learn more about pupping season and the Center's Leave Seals Be campaign, go to our website.