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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, November 5, 2010

What's All the Noise about? Under Construction...

Construction is underway on the new pools at The Marine Mammal Center.

Lots of folks have been wondering about all of the construction activity around The Marine Mammal Center lately. After the grand opening last year, some people are understandably surprised to see more building going on around here.

The background is that the Center has always planned for this phase to be built. These pools are particularly special as they are very large, in-ground pools. In fact, the pools are 12'x16'x5' deep and can hold an incredible 7,500 gallons each!

The Center needs these three pools for a variety of reasons. The configuration of these pools is ideal to house large numbers of elephant seal pups. They can also be used for isolation and are USDA compliant for housing animals long-term or for research projects.

Although there will be heavy equipment, noise and dust around the Center, we are still open every day as usual. Indeed, the Center is open year-round except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The construction areas are restricted for safety, but the work does not interfere with visiting the Center. All of the fascinating exhibits and viewing areas are still open, just as before. If anything, it's an added bonus to catch the pool construction in action before it's finished!

Want to help with the building of future pools? Join our Fund-A-Need program and help the Center build a quarantine pen for its patients. It is essential that the Center be able to isolate and diagnose new patients before introducing them to the general patient population.