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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, December 13, 2010

Bring on the Sun!

Scaffolding is erected along the animal care building in preparation for installation of new solar panels. Photo: The Marine Mammal Center

If you're visiting The Marine Mammal Center during the next few weeks (and we hope you do!) you may see some new additions to the facility. Today. a construction crew began putting up scaffolding along the Center's animal care building in preparation to install 80 new photovoltaic panels. Thanks to a generous donation by PG&E, the additional 28 kW cells will help us shave thousands of dollars off of our electrical bill! Work is expected to be completed in January. Thank you PG&E!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Waiting for Her Lucky Day!

Lucky Day recuperating at The Marine Mammal Center.

This blog posting is by volunteer Dina Warren. Dina volunteers on the Saturday night crew.

Lucky Day has returned to The Marine Mammal Center shortly after her release back to the ocean. Originally admitted to The Marine Mammal Center on October 1, 2010, Lucky Day, a juvenile California sea lion, was first rescued at Seacliff State Beach, below the visitor center in Aptos, Santa Cruz. When Lucky Day was found, she was in poor shape, exhibiting depressed behavior, inactivity, and suffering from a heavy discharge from her closed, right eye. Subsequently, she was diagnosed with pneumonia and sacrocystis (a parasitic protozoa that compromises muscle tissue) by the Center’s veterinarian team.

After about a month of care, Lucky Day’s health improved. Her eye healed, and she was eating well. She had even gained enough weight so that veterinarians felt comfortable she would survive in the wild on her own. She was released back into her ocean home at Point Reyes on November 8, 2010.

However, just one week later, Lucky Day was stranded again. This time she was found lying in the middle of Potbelly Beach Road, near Capitola's New Brighton State Beach. She was lethargic, and looking very down. In fact, she was emaciated with most of her ribs showing from malnutrition. Lucky Day had lost over 40 pounds during her time at sea swimming all the way from Point Reyes to Capitola.

Presently, Lucky Day is waiting for a lucky day of her own, and hopefully will make it home before the New Year. Her poor body condition, malnutrition, and possible muscle and heart inflammation will keep her safely recuperating at The Marine Mammal Center for now.