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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, September 18, 2009

Insights & Inspiration at the First Members-Only Night


Photo: Long-standing volunteer Lincoln Shaw, illustrates how the Center responds and rescues stranded marine mammals.

Over 60 members attended The Marine Mammal Center’s first Members-Only Night last night, September 17, 2009. Attendees enjoyed exclusive after-hours access to the Center, tours from some of our most experienced crew and volunteers and a chance to learn more about our patients with a talk by ‘Dr Bill’ Van Bonn, our new staff veterinarian.

To highlight ‘Coastal Clean Up Day’ this week, Dr Bill’s presentation was themed around marine debris and included photos and medical data of past and present patients who were found entangled in human trash or were suffering from gun shot wounds (this certainly gathered a few gasps around the room!)
The feedback from the night was great! With wine in hand, the sun setting over Rodeo Beach and the sounds of sea lions barking from our hospital wings, our first Members-Only Night certainly seemed to be the perfect antidote to a day behind a desk for many of our guests, and a wonderful way to learn more about what we do.

Read more about the event on our
website. Don’t miss out on the next Members-Only Night - make sure you’re a member - and watch this space…