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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, December 31, 2009
What a fantatically-busy year it's been for all of us at The Marine Mammal Center. It, in many ways, was a year of firsts: the first year we all began working out of our newly rebuilt hospital facility in Sausalito, the first year we re-opened back to the public and have seen well over 46,000 visitors since June, and the first year in our 34-year-history that we rescued over 1,600 marine mammals - three times our yearly average! Animals like California sea lion Sgt. Nevis (featured in this slideshow) and others got a second chance of life thanks to volunteers and the public who care enough to make a difference. We thank everyone who has supported us this year and we, along with the seal and sea lion patients, look forward to seeing you in 2010. Happy New Year!
Posted by The Marine Mammal Center at 3:15 PM
Monday, December 21, 2009
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.
Posted by The Marine Mammal Center at 4:20 PM