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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/

Monday, March 9, 2009

Ellies are "A Movin' on Up" at The Center

Top left: Sunnyhazel rests near her new pool. Top right: Alice arrives in style at her new pen.

Top Left: Elephant seal pups as observed from The Center's new observation deck.
Top right: video of the Ellies in their new digs.

The Marine Mammal Center celebrated a milestone today by introducing the first of its elephant seal patients into the hospital’s newly rebuilt pens and pools. The seal pups were all rescued due to malnourishment and will be cared for at the Center by staff and volunteers until they have been fattened up and have developed the strength and fishing skills needed to survive back in the wild.

The new enclosures feature in-ground pools that are easier for elephant seals to get in and out of, an expoxy coating on all surfaces to minimize bacteria and provide for easier cleaning, and a modernized water filtration system to provide cleaner water with better bacteria control.

A total of eight elephant seal pups were transported to their new surroundings via wheel barrow. Alice, the first animal to be moved, took an inaugural dip in her in-ground pool before checking out the rest of her enclosure. All of the pups began to vocalize immediately after transport to the new pens. We hope they were voicing their approval of their new digs!

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