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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, May 7, 2010

Harbor Seal Imani Returns Home!

Imani heads toward the ocean during his release on May 5, 2010.

Cinco de Mayo 2010 had an added layer of celebration this year: May 5, 2010, was the release date for harbor seal Imani and five other marine mammals. Sea lion Dubois and elephant seals Wrigleyville, Arizona Rhonda, Borderline and Jayde Shepard were released on a gorgeous Wednesday in Pt. Reyes, California.

Imani's story is especially timely. He is a shining example of a marine mammal getting a second chance at life at The Marine Mammal Center. When Imani arrived in early March, he was so young and vulnerable that he still had part of his umbilical cord attached. However, two months later, Imani had more than doubled his weight and learned to feed from a dedicated 24/7 team of staff and volunteers. And because Imani was thriving, he was able to leave the Center's hospital and return to his ocean home.

Although Imani has left, the Center currently still has 65 harbor seals still on-site. How can you help? There are many ways to get involved:

Become a volunteer! We can always use extra hands to help feed these animals. No prior animal care experience necessary. We'll provide you with all the training you will need. See http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/what-you-can-do/volunteer/

Donate! It costs a lot to feed these animals. Join the Dollar-a-Pound challenge today and help us achieve our goal. See http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/organization-information/awareness-campaigns/dollar-a-pound.html

Learn about our Leave Seals Be campaign and find out what to do if you spot a pup. See http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/organization-information/awareness-campaigns/

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