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California Sea Lions Are the Latest Species Impacted by Changing Ocean Conditions
Last updated: July 8, 2019

With Unusual Mortality Events already declared for gray whales and Guadalupe fur seals, The Marine Mammal Center is now responding to an influx of starving young California sea lions as well as adult sea lions debilitated by domoic acid poisoning.

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The Marine Mammal Center Announces Addition of Cetacean Field Research Program
Last updated: June 1, 2019

The Center is providing a home for the local nonprofit formerly known as Golden Gate Cetacean Research to increase solutions-focused study of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Gray Whale Necropsy

Unusual Mortality Event Declared for Gray Whales as More Stranding Linked to Malnutrition and Ship Strikes
Last updated: May 31, 2019

Researchers say gray whales that started their annual migration underweight this year are more vulnerable to human impacts such as ship strikes, especially in high-traffic areas like San Francisco Bay.

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Harbor Seal Aquapup

Superheroes Take Action!
Last updated: March 20, 2019

Thanks to members of the public who call our 24-hour hotline (415-289-SEAL), this harbor seal pup named Aquapup was rescued at Moonstone Beach in San Luis Obispo County.

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Elephant seal Boyett

It's Pupping Season!
Last updated: March 1, 2019

The first elephant seal pups of the season are starting to arrive at the Center and the sound of elephant seal cackles fills the air. Boyett and Barker still had their black coat when rescued, a sign that they were too young to survive on their own.

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Patient of the Year 2018

Patient of the Year!
Last updated: February 6, 2019

Your votes have all been tabulated and the results are in. It was a close race between eight amazing patients, but your voice has been heard now. Find out who the winner is!

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Guadalupe Fur Seal Snaggle

Snaggle is now Free!
Last updated: January 9, 2019

This young Guadalupe fur seal was found entangled in fishing gear on a beach in Marin County. He was rescued by The Marine Mammal Center, disentangled, and released back to the ocean.

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Humpback Whale Freed From Deadly Entanglement
Last updated: November 20, 2018

A juvenile humpback whale was freed from entanglement in fishing gear off the coast of Eureka, California. This was accomplished through a collaborative effort by trained responders, including a team from The Marine Mammal Center.

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Steller Sea Lion Choco

A Steller Success Story
Last updated: October 31, 2018

Meet Choco, a Steller sea lion pup that was less than a month old when he was rescued on the coast of Northern California. Now he’s learning how to be a wild sea lion at The Marine Mammal Center so he can be released back to the ocean.

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