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 The Center in the News 2018

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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