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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, May 3, 2010

Too Much of a Good Thing? 61 Harbor Seals at The Marine Mammal Center!



A close-up of a group of harbor seal patients currently at The Marine Mammal Center.


Can you have too much of a good thing? The Marine Mammal Center currently has 61 harbor seals on-site. To put that number in perspective, in 2009 the Center admitted a total of 106 harbor seals during the entire year. In 2010 so far, the Center has already admitted 81 harbor seals.

When you come to the Center, you will not see the harbor seal pups. This is because the pups are especially fragile and sensitive to human disturbance. By placing them out of public view, we can limit the impact of human activity on these delicate animals.

But don't despair! There are plenty of other animals on-site and well within public view. Between the 23 California sea lions and the 64 elephant seals, you're guaranteed an eyeful - and an earful! The marine mammals' antics and cackles will keep you entertained and mesmerized for quite some time. Come visit us! We're open to the public daily from 10am until 5pm, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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