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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, June 9, 2010

Nine Animals Released in Honor of World Oceans Day


These five elephant seals were released in honor of World Oceans Day by The Marine Mammal Center: Bernarda, Parker, Florida, SOS Ellie and Lalaland.

The Marine Mammal Center released nine marine mammals in honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, 2010. The four sea lions and five elephant seals had been rescued and nurtured back to health at the Center.

The concept of World Oceans Day is relatively recent. In December 2008, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution declaring June 8 as World Oceans Day. The concept was first proposed in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

What better way to celebrate our connection to the ocean than returning our patients to the wild? The five elephant seals released were Bernarda, Parker, Florida, SOS Ellie and Lalaland. Four sea lions were also released: Krabby Patty, Cashew, Pinto Bean and Lutris.

The release took place in Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes, California. Learn what you can do to get involved with ocean health today.






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