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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, December 21, 2009

Watchdogs of the Sea

Young California sea lion in Monterey. Photo: Toni Gauthier

Here's an interesting interview with researcher Eric Montie who specializes in marine sensory biology at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science. Eric has visted the Center multiple times over the years and has collaborated with our research team on projects. One of the most important components of our work is rescuing and treating these animals in order to get them back to the wild, and studying marine mammal health issues that, in some cases, show a link back to the negative effects pollution has on the marine ecosystem. Sea lions are certainly the "Watchdogs of the Sea." Click here to read.


Mike said...

I did a story a couple months ago about a distressed, baby Harbor Seal I found in Morro Bay, which was rescued by the center. Check it out, and thanks for all your hard work.


John at Cell Phone Recycling said...

I rarely see sea lions but I find them so innocent, and I think they deserve to be treated right and stop killing them before they are all gone.