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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/

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Neither Wind or Rain will Deter Us!

Sea lion patients check out the storm while Tuesday Day Crew members prepare to feed the them. Photos by Marie DeStefanis

We want to give a special shout out and thanks to The Marine Mammal Center's "Tuesday Day Crew" and to the veterinary staff who braved the elements yesterday as the biggest storm of the year walloped the SF Bay Area with cold, hurricane-force winds and nearly five inches of rain in some north Bay cities like San Rafael which is not far from the Center. Through it all, the animal care crew donned boots, slickers and wet gear and battled the elements to feed, and provide medical care for nearly 70 sea lion patients. While the humans were cold and wet, their spirits were still high, and as for the sea lions - well they seemed to take the stormy weather all in stride!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cha cha cha!

As you can see from this video taken at The Marine Mammal Center - ChaCha (the one with the gray head sitting on the edge of the pool at the beginning of the video) is a young, gregarious and very mobile California sea lion. What you don't see in the video is that ChaCha has a unique ailment - he has an air pocket in his brain! Veterinarians and volunteers at the Center have been caring for him since September when he was first rescued from a beach in Monterey County. He appears to be gaining strength and could be released back into the wild if veterinarians think he can survive. You can read more about his story and other patients at The Marine Mammal Center right here.