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 The Center in the News 2019

June 27, 2019

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
2 Hawaiian monk seals released back to Laysan Island after stay at Big Isle hospital.

Two Hawaiian monk seals are back home on Laysan Island at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument after more than six months of growth and rehabilitation at an animal hospital in Kailua-Kona.

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June 18, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle
“Allie” puts on one whale of a show in Bay waters

A humpback whale has been leaping out of the water, waving its flukes and putting on a show for boaters, sightseers, and photographers in San Francisco Bay.

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June 17, 2019

Marin Independent Journal
Marine mammals captivate Corte Madera man for more than 40 years

There was a time when Bill Keener thought he’d be a veterinarian, spending his days helping dogs and cats like he had done as a veterinary assistant in the East Bay. But when he volunteered at Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center in the 1970s and then served as executive director, he fell in love with marine mammals and never looked back.

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June 17, 2019

KQED
Long Lingering Humpback Whale Bids Farewell to Alameda.

A humpback whale that had been circling the waters near Alameda's shoreline for more than two weeks has apparently moved on in search of bigger fish.

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June 14, 2019

Patch
Palo Alto Phasing In Plastic Straw, Utensil Ban.

By the first of next year, the Peninsula city government hopes its residents and visitors will think globally, act locally — with the City Council passing an ordinance to limit plastic straws, utensils, stirrers and other food ware handed out as much as free samples at Costco.

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May 31, 2019

CBS San Francisco
Feds To Investigate Gray Whale Deaths After NOAA Declares ‘Unusual Mortality Event'.

U.S. scientists will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches.

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May 17, 2019

British Natural History Museum
Elephant seals: a giant survival story.

Northern elephant seals once teetered on the brink of extinction. Now the population is bouncing back - but some need a helping hand to survive.

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May 16, 2019

Vice News
Dead Whales Are Washing Up in Droves on California’s Beaches.

Huge, decomposing whale carcasses are washing ashore throughout California’s Bay Area in unprecedented numbers.

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May 16, 2019

The Associated Press
Hawaiian monk seal that had CT scan suffering from infection.

A CT scan performed on a Hawaiian monk seal at a hospital has shown that the animal is suffering from muscle inflammation and infection, officials said.

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May 7, 2019

The Washington Post
9 dead gray whales have washed up in the Bay Area. A scientist says that’s ‘very unusual'.

It’s been a gloomy year for gray whales in California. In a little less than two months, nine of the marine mammals have been found dead in the San Francisco Bay area, an unusual string of fatalities that experts say has primarily been caused by boat strikes or malnutrition.

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May 1, 2019

The Washington Post
A threatened seal pup came ashore looking for food. Then an off-leash dog attacked.

When the young Guadalupe fur seal made the unusual choice to come ashore along a protected stretch of beach in northern California, there was probably one thing on the female pup’s mind.

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April 30, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle
Lost year-old sea lion rescued from Highway 101 in South San Francisco

A young sea lion with big eyes and a poor sense of direction was rescued Tuesday morning from Highway 101 in South San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol said.

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April 26, 2019

San Jose Mercury News
Why are gray whales dying in San Francisco Bay?

Gray whales are currently making their annual trip to Alaska.

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April 23, 2019

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Critically ill monk seal gets CT scan at North Hawaii Community Hospital

A critically ill Hawaiian monk seal has been rescued from Kauai for the second time and is now under the care of a monk seal hospital in Kailua-Kona.

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April 17, 2019

The Washington Post
Lost sea creatures wash up on California shores as ocean climate shifts

The Pacific Ocean off the California coast is mixed up, and so are many of the animals that live there.

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April 10, 2019

KAZU Radio
How Kayaks, Drones And Selfies Can Harm Seals During Pupping Season

March and April are when harbor seals give birth along the Central Coast. That means moms and pups need their space.

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March 22, 2019

West Hawaii Today
Spring has sprung: Hawaiian monk seal welcomes pup at North Kona beach

It’s said spring breathes new life into the world around us — and that was certainly true this year when Hawaiian monk seal RA20 welcomed her second pup Wednesday.

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March 21, 2019

San Luis Obispo Tribune
Interaction with SLO’s elephant seals can be deadly. What officials do to prevent it

The tiny elephant seal pup huddled on the Shamel Park beach in Cambria earlier this month was malnourished and weak, so concerned visitors notified trained volunteer rescuers from The Marine Mammal Center.

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March 18, 2019

Salon Magazine
Two dead gray whales in San Francisco Bay speak to unusual migration season

Last week, two stranded gray whales were found in the San Francisco Bay. The stranding is one of a few strange occurrences that are raising concerns among scientists during this year’s northbound migration season.

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March 14, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle
2 dead gray whales turn up in San Francisco Bay; marine scientists investigating

Marine scientists are investigating the deaths of two gray whales found floating in San Francisco Bay this week. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito received a report of a dead whale floating between Tiburon and Angel Island near Raccoon Strait on Sunday morning.

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February 14, 2019

West Hawaii Today
Hawaiian monk seal released back to wild on Kauai after care at Ke Kai Ola

Hawaiian monk seal pup RK58 was recently returned to the wild on Kauai after successful rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and visitor center in Kailua-Kona.

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February 13, 2019

KEYT-TV
Seal pupping season to begin soon in SLO County

The familiar sound of northern elephant seals will soon be heard throughout the beaches in San Luis Obispo County. The pupping season starts in the next few weeks.

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February 5, 2019

San Luis Obispo Tribune
This baby otter ended up a mile away from its mom. A team of experts helped them reunite

Mike Harris, senior environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with officials from The Marine Mammal Center and the Morro Bay Harbor Patrol, helped reunite a baby sea otter with its mother on February 4.

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January 31, 2019

KAZU Radio
Rescued Sea Otters Return To The Monterey Bay

Great white shark bites are a leading cause of death in California Sea Otters, according to the Marine Mammal Center. That is how a baby otter named Langly ended up in the Center’s care.

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January 27, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle
Oregon biologists killing California sea lions to protect threatened salmon

Marauding gangs of California sea lions have invaded a river system in Oregon and are devouring thousands of threatened salmon, forcing wildlife officials to begin a controversial lethal removal program in a desperate attempt to protect the fragile fish species.

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January 22, 2019

Mother Jones
The Government Shutdown Is Threatening the Lives of Your Favorite Ocean Animals

On January 10, during the third week of the ongoing government shutdown, a dead sperm whale carcass was spotted floating about a mile off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

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January 18, 2019

Oregon Public Radio
Scientists Puzzled By High Cancer Rate Among West Coast Sea Lions

I watched a sea lion die last summer. The large animal was emaciated, its spine and ribs visible below its fur. Its hind limbs were immobile as it dragged itself from the shore to the water.

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January 9, 2019

Hakai Magazine
A Fur Seal Loses Its Safety Net

In the azure waters far off Mexico’s Pacific coast lies a volcanic island that is the world’s last stronghold of the Guadalupe fur seal.

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January 3, 2019

NBC Bay Area
Pair of Rehabbed Otters to Carry New Biological Transmitters

A pair of otters that were nursed back to health from near death will serve as the ambassadors for a new tracking technology that will record their biological information over the course of their lives.

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January 2, 2019

Honolulu-Star Advertiser
Hawaiian monk seals had a record number of babies born in 2018

The year 2018 has been a record one for Hawaiian monk seal pups born in the main Hawaiian isles. While no monk seal moms gave birth in Waikiki last year as Rocky did in summer 2017, creating a stir that generated attention worldwide, it was a good year for pups, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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