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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, June 18, 2010

Marine Mammal Day is a "Giant" Hit!

The Giants' mascot, Lou Seal, celebrates at Marine Mammal Day.

A huge crowd came out to celebrate the 8th annual Marine Mammal Day hosted by the San Francisco Giants and The Marine Mammal Center at AT&T Park. The beloved event encourages fans to learn about the Center's work in rescuing, treating and releasing hundreds of sea lions, seals and other marine mammals each year. This year was particularly important because fans had a chance to help offset the enormous costs the Center has faced in treating one of the highest number of patient admits in the Center's history.

2010 has been extra busy for staff and volunteers who, so far, have admitted over 600 seals, sea lions and other marine mammals. That's more than last year by this same time! The influx of starving animals means the Center will go through well over 60,000 pounds of fish in the process of helping seal and sea lion patients build the strength and weight needed to be released healthy back into the wild.

Starting on Marine Mammal Day through June 30th, Giants fans and the Center's supporters can text the word FISH, a space, and a dollar amount to 27138 to make a donation to support the Center's Dollar-A-Pound challenge and treat a patient to a fish dinner. One dollar buys one pound of fish and ten dollars buys one meal for one pup.

The Marine Mammal Center thanks the San Francisco Giants for their support in making Marine Mammal Day a "Giant" hit!

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