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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/
Thursday, August 13, 2009
There's something beautiful about seeing former patients become healthy again and return to the sea. I don't know if it represents the accomplishment of the veterinarians and volunteers in helping each sickly animal, or if it's the homecoming, if you will, of seeing a California sea lion wobble its way down the sandy beach and dive head first back to his home in the Pacific ocean, but in any event, the Center's guests and special members got to experience that euphoric rush on August 8. That's when six California sea lions were released at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands. The patients were given colorful names including Chirp, Smackdown, Snotball (o.k. not so glamorous, but certainly an active description), Van Eyck, Maylay, and Elijah. With a crowd looking on at a safe distance - out each sea lion came from within its carrier to explore its new surroundings. Within minutes most of the critters scooted, then dove into the water, while one lagged on for a bit as if to test his mood before committing to getting wet. He eventually did.
Posted by The Marine Mammal Center at 10:35 AM