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Leave Seals Be

You can save a life by remembering to #LeaveSealsBe and call The Marine Mammal Center's 24-hour Rescue Hotline 415-289-SEAL (7325) if you spot a marine mammal in distress.


The opportunity to see marine wildlife up close is part of what makes the California coast so special. As more and more seal mothers give birth to pups on local beaches, The Marine Mammal Center is prepared to enter our busiest rescue season of the year.

These young pups are at the most vulnerable stage of their life and can be easily separated or abandoned by their mothers if humans or dogs get too close.

The Center reminds beachgoers and visitors to keep these three tips in mind when enjoying the beauty of the central and northern California coastline:

  • Keep The Safe Distance. Whether on the water viewing marine life in a kayak or seal pups on local beaches, a great wildlife viewing experience starts with keeping your distance.
  • Use Your Zoom. It’s ok to take photos and admire the animals, but if you’re so close that you’re not using your zoom or they’re reacting to you, then you’re too close. No SEAL-FIES please!
  • Call Us. If you see a seal in distress, call The Marine Mammal Center’s rescue hotline at 415-289-SEAL (7325). The Center will monitor the pup and, if necessary, rescue it safely.

24-Hour Rescue Hotline Number

(415) 289-SEAL

After your call is placed, the Center will monitor the pup for 24 hours or more depending on the situation, and if necessary, trained volunteers and staff will rescue it safely.

Get involved and spread the word!

  • Keep a rescue card with you - download and print one here!
  • Our patients need your help! The fish our patients eat cost about a dollar a pound, and we have lots of hungry mouths to feed. With your support, our patients will grow and gain the strength they need to be released back to their ocean home. Donate today!
  • Become a volunteer and get involved with the day-to-day rescue and care of marine mammals at the Center's hospital.

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