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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, July 16, 2010

Amgen, a California Sea Lion, Gets a Second Chance

Who says you don't get second chances? Amgen is a female yearling who got just that: a second chance at life.

Amgen was admitted to The Marine Mammal Center on 5/17/10 from Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf. When Amgen, a California sea lion, arrived at the Center, she was underweight and suffering from malnutrition. Amgen was treated for malnutrition through a special feeding regimen.

The goal at the Center is to feed the animal 10% of her body weight in whole fish every day. This diet, primarily composed of herring, ensures adequate nutrition and weight gain. Once Amgen's health began to improve, she was put on a maintenance diet which reduced her feed to 5% of her body weight each day.

While at the Center, staff and volunteers are especially careful to limit their interaction with Amgen to only what is absolutely necessary in order to preserve as much of her wild instincts as possible. After all, the ultimate goal is release back into the wild, and therefore the Center's staff must be as mindful as possible of this eventual return to the ocean.

On July 12th, Amgen and nine other animals were returned to the sea at Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes. Amgen was accompanied by seven other California sea lions and two elephant seals: Adi, Franklin, Leavon, Lil Kiks, Vesper, Kiewit, Dickens, Snout and Jeanne Rae.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tromar Returns to the Wild

Tromar recuperates at The Marine Mammal Center.

Tromar is a marine debris entanglement story that thankfully has a happy ending.

Tromar is a male California sea lion that became entangled in a green multifilament netting. The Marine Mammal Center rescued him from Its Beach in Santa Cruz on May 25, 2010.
Staff and volunteers at the Center removed the netting and nursed Tromar back to health. As his wounds healed, Tromar slowly became strong enough to return to his ocean home.

On July 7, 2010, the Center brought Tromar to Chimney Rock, Pt. Reyes, to be released back into the wild. Along with Tromar, several other California sea lions were released: Paradissi, Mill, Petersen, Vanek, Phobos and Peligro. All of these animals had also been rescued and treated by the Center.

Unfortunately, not all marine mammals entangled in objects that pollute the ocean fare so well. We are all connected to the ocean, and must remember that our actions impact these animals, often all too severely. However, there are many easy things you can incorporate into your daily life to improve the health of the ocean and its inhabitants. Learn what you can do to minimize human impacts on the ocean today!