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 The Center in the News 2018

July 29, 2018

CBS News via KPIX-TV
Greedy Net Fishermen Slaughtering The ‘Panda Of The Ocean’

There’s a crisis going on in the Pacific Ocean as an innocent porpoise falls prey to money and greed. It’s a marine mammal known as the Senorita of the sea or the Panda of the ocean, because of the big rings around its eyes.

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July 22, 2018

KQED News
Four Rules for Naming a Baby Sea Otter

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito wants the public's help to name an otter pup that had a particularly rough start to life.

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July 19, 2018

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Malnourished monk seal pup rescued from Molokai

A malnourished Hawaiian monk seal pup from Molokai is now being cared for at Ke Kai Ola, a hospital for the endangered seals in Kona, according to The Marine Mammal Center, which runs the facility.

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July 11, 2018

People Online
Baby Orphan Otter Who Lost Her Mother to Shark Attack and Struggled to Survive Gets a Second Chance at Life

Langly is not like “all the otters.” The little-sea-mammal-who-could has triumphed over tragedy and is now growing stronger by the day and enjoying life from “the otter side” of heartbreak thanks to the efforts of Marin County, California’s Marine Mammal Center.

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July 10, 2018

CNN Money
Facebook is sweetening the pot for all birthday fundraisers posted on its platform

Continuing its efforts for social good -- and helping to get back into good graces with its users -- the social network said on Tuesday it will donate $5 to every newly created fundraiser posted on a US user's birthday.

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July 2, 2018

Orange County Register
Sea lion undergoes surgery to remove fish hooks at Pacific Marine Mammal Center as entanglements increase

Raptor, a sea lion found with fish hooks embedded in her mouth, is healing after sedation and surgery at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

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June 30, 2018

CBS News
Inside the effort to save the world's most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita

As the sun crept above the horizon, CBS News' Don Dahler headed out in the Gulf of California with a disparate group of volunteers, veterinarians and marine biologists on a difficult -- some would say impossible -- mission to track the rarest of marine mammals: the vaquita, a species of porpoise. It's a mission two years in the making.

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June 28, 2018

Orange County Register
Sea lion undergoes surgery to remove fish hooks at Pacific Marine Mammal Center as entanglements increase

Raptor, a sea lion found with fish hooks embedded in her mouth, is healing after sedation and surgery at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The yearling was found by Huntington Beach city lifeguards on the sand near the Huntington Beach Pier on June 13.

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June 20, 2018

NBC Bay Area
Marin Co. Blue Whale Died From Collision With Ship, Scientists Conclude

A blue whale found Monday on a beach at Point Reyes National Seashore died of blunt force trauma consistent with being hit by a ship, scientists with The Marine Mammal Center said Wednesday.

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June 14, 2018

Point Reyes Light
Fin whale washes up in Bolinas after ship strike

Almost a year to the day since a spectacular 79-foot blue whale washed up on Agate Beach, a 58-foot fin whale wound up on nearby Brighton Beach after meeting the same fate: death by ship strike.

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June 12, 2018

Sierra Magazine
What if you encounter injured baby wildlife?

Summer is upon us, which means wild animals are caring for their newly arrived offspring, and humans are planning hikes and other ventures out into the wilderness. Because busy animal parents sometimes need to leave their charges, this is the time of year when humans are most likely to encounter babies of the animal kingdom.

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May 31, 2018

Wired
Why Are So Many Dead Whales Washing Up in the Bay Area?

There’s no one way to describe the scent of a beached, rotting whale. See, it really depends on time and space: So long as you’re more than 20 feet away, you don’t smell a thing. But if you’re downwind, the sour stench will just about bowl you over.

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May 20, 2018

KQED
Two Whales Found Dead in Bay Area

Scientists are looking into the cause of death of two whales found Friday — one a fin whale at Oakland's waterfront and the other a gray whale at Tennessee Valley Beach in Marin.

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May 17, 2018

Marin Independent Journal
Mammal Center cites harm if people touch young sea mammals

Human interaction with young sea mammals on Marin and other state beaches is a problem each year, and Marine Mammal Center officials are now reminding people to stay away from the pups.

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May 10, 2018

Newsweek Magazine
A dead gray whale found in the Bay Area likely collided with a ship

A massive gray whale that was found near the Bay Bridge in San Francisco was likely killed by blunt force trauma from a ship, according to necropsy results from the Marine Mammal Center in California.

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April 23, 2018

Monterey Herald
When a sea lion is in distress, Marine Mammal Center springs into action

The moment I laid eyes on the sea lion Wednesday afternoon, I knew something wasn’t right. His ribs, which should be hidden beneath a thick layer of blubber, were jutting out beneath his cigar colored coat.

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April 17, 2018

KPIX-TV
Enzyme Could Someday Eradicate Plastic Pollution In World's Oceans

A small enzyme could be the solution to plastic pollution, one of the planet’s biggest environmental problems.

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April 11, 2018

KQED Online
Hey, People, Leave Those Seal Pups Alone

Crowds of pinnipeds are returning to their rookeries on California beaches this time of year to give birth to their pups. The most common of those pinnipeds right now -- from San Luis Obispo northward – are Pacific harbor seals and northern elephant seals.

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April 10, 2018

West Hawaii Today
Keep Manu‘iwa wild - West Hawaii Today

Monk seal pup Manu‘iwa is on her own. Now more than ever it is imperative Hawaii Island residents and visitors alike work to keep this young, very curious seal wild as Manu’iwa is the only pup on Hawaii Island and has just four other seals with whom to interact, officials stressed Monday.

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April 3, 2018

Marin Mommies
A Visit to the Marine Mammal Center

Ever wonder who takes care of the seals, sea lions, and other marine mammals that end up stranded on California's coast? Marin's Marine Mammal Center has been on the scene rescuing and caring for sick, injured, malnourished, and abandoned marine mammals—including elephant seals, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, and even whales—since 1975.

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April 3, 2018

KSBY-TV
It's seal pupping season, but people aren't staying far enough away

While the spring attracts more people to local beaches, marine mammals are also coming onshore for pupping season. The Marine Mammal Center is worried people aren’t giving the animals their space.

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March 30, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle Online
Northern California's sea otters are springing back. Here's where to see them

A fuzzy blur of brown in an expanse of murky water sends most nature lovers' hearts aflutter, but it's a sight rarely seen over the last century in Northern California. Where once there were next-to-no southern sea otters in California waters – fur traders hunted them to near-extinction in the 19th century – now there are some. They aren't hard to find if you know where to look.

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March 29, 2018

Newsweek
Selfies: Worst thing to happen to seal pups since orcas, says Marine Mammal Center

It's seal pupping season in Northern California, which means the pudgy mammals will be sunning themselves on the region's beaches. They're cute, indeed, but if you see one, let it be. And most certainly don't snap a selfie.

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March 21, 2018

Virginia Tech Magazine
From Saving seals to talking TED

Forging a path to a fulfilling career usually takes time, but occasionally, a childhood passion provides the inspiration. Claire Simeone was that kid. For as far back as she can remember, she was always taking care of the animals around her neighborhood. Today her neighborhood happens to be the Pacific Ocean.

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March 9, 2018

The Marin Independent Journal
Angel Island whale likely died from malnutrition

A 28-foot juvenile male gray whale that washed up on a remote Angel Island beach likely died of malnutrition, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

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March 9, 2018

Monterey County Herald
Monterey wildlife: Pupping season is close, but numbers are fluctuating

The monarchs start arriving around September, the humpback whales in May and the harbor seals, along with their relatives the elephant seals, around April.

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March 2, 2018

San Francisco Magazine
Why Did San Francisco’s Sea Lions Suddenly Start Attacking Swimmers?

The sun was setting on Tuesday, December 12, as Anders Jakobsson started his usual swim in San Francisco’s Aquatic Park cove. As the 50-year-old’s body began to warm up in the cold water, he felt something clamp down on his right foot.

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February 17, 2018

KSBY-TV
Cute to watch, but stay back: Experts ask public to leave seal pups alone

Over the next few weeks, marine biologists say more elephant seal pups, harbor seal pups, and sea lion pups will start showing up along the shores of San Luis Obispo County. It's an exciting time to see the animals, but wildlife specialists are urging people to keep their distance.

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February 16, 2018

Marin Magazine
10 Questions for Claire Simeone

Dr. Claire Simeone’s normal habitat is at Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center, where she is a conservation medicine veterinarian working at the intersection of marine mammal and human health.

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February 16, 2018

The Washington Post
Sea lions have made a magnificent comeback, and they want their beaches back

Just a few decades ago, the California sea lion seemed on the verge of becoming an endangered species. It was 1964, and hunting and fishing had caused the breeding population off the West Coast to shrink to just 35,000.

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February 7, 2018

San Francisco Chronicle Online
Marine Mammal Center Assessing Lethargic, Injured Sea Lion At Aquatic Park

The Marine Mammal Center is keeping an eye on a lethargic California sea lion this afternoon in the waters near San Francisco's Aquatic Park. The center, which is based in the Marin Headlands, sent a responder out to monitor the situation after it was called in by a member of the public around 9:30 a.m.

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January 31, 2017

KGO-TV
Marine Mammal Center needs volunteers for seal, sea lion 'pup season'

If you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with baby seals and sea lions, now's your chance. Over the coming months, as seals and sea lions haul out on beaches and give birth to pups up and down the California coast, the Marine Mammal Center is looking for volunteers to care for a likely onslaught of young animals that need help.

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January 29, 2018

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Hawaiian monk seal hospital gets new director

The Marine Mammal Center has named veterinarian Claire Simeone as the new director of Ke Kai Ola, the hospital for Hawaiian monk seals in Kailua-Kona.

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January 24, 2018

ABC News via AP
Sewage spill shuts beaches along California's Central Coast

Nearly 5 million gallons of sewage spilled into the ocean on California's Central Coast after a filter at a water treatment plant got clogged and the computer system failed to sound an alarm, an official said Monday, forcing several popular beaches to close.

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January 17, 2018

KPIX-TV
NOAA Study Says Sea Lion Population Has Hit Record Number

A new study shows that the sea lions that have become so ubiquitous at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco are thriving everywhere, with the sea mammals numbers tripling in recent years.

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January 14, 2018

Marin Independent Journal
Sausalito veterinarian named to TED fellowship

The first veterinarian to become a TED Fellow is a Sausalito resident who works at the Marine Mammal Center, where she has helped others from around the world better understand caring for sea life.

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January 11, 2018

KTVU
Sea lion bites female swimmer in Aquatic Park, 3rd sea lion attack in past month

A recent rash of sea lion attacks along the San Francisco Bay have prompted concerns for swimmers who frequent the chilly waters.

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