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Rescue and Response Volunteers


Our Rescue and Response volunteers are responsible for rescuing and transporting marine mammals along 600 miles of the Northern California Coast.

The Marine Mammal Center has Rescue and Response Operations based out of Sausalito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Anchor Bay, and Fort Bragg. Volunteers dedicate one to five days each month to be on call 24 hours for a marine mammal rescue.

Often rescue and response volunteers find the animals in difficult conditions and must be quick and agile. During a rescue, volunteer duties could include assessing the situation, aiding the animals, administering emergency care and transporting animals to one of our triage sites or our main hospital in Sausalito. Stranding volunteers also participate in releasing animals back to their ocean homes.

You can help at several locations:


  • Attend an Introduction Meeting for New Volunteers. Click here to find out when the next one is offered.
  • Complete an Orientation Training (register after attending an Introduction Meeting)
  • Take our Rescue and Response Workshop Series (internal training class held 4 times each year)
  • Commit one to five days each month to be on call 24 hours for a marine mammal rescue

PDF Stranding Volunteer Description

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