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.