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 The Center in the News 2017

June 27, 2017

California Magazine (UC Berkeley)
When the elephant in the room is a beached whale

What happens when the world’s largest mammal washes up dead on your local beach? Residents of Bolinas, California were faced with this question in May, when a 79-foot blue whale turned up ashore on nearby Agate Beach.

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June 23, 2017

Carmel Pine Cone
Rescued seal pup gaining weight in Marin

A passerby who spotted a skinny seal pup alone on the rocks on Carmel Point Monday afternoon did the right thing by calling the Marine Mammal Center, according to the center’s operations manager, Julia O’Hern.

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June 23, 2017

Salinas Californian
Marine Mammal Center receives $1M pledge

The Marine Mammal Center received a $1M pledge at a release of five rehabilitated harbor seal pups at a private luncheon hosted by Melanie and Richard Lundquist at Otter Cove in Pebble Beach. The pups were named Agray, Byron, Ted, Ellen, and Spud.

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June 15, 2017

NOAA Fisheries Blog
Fattened up on Fish-Popsicles: How to Rehabilitate a Hawaiian monk seal

That’s how the dedicated staff at The Marine Mammal Center’s Ke Kai Ola (The Healing Sea) Hawaiian monk seal rehabilitation facility made the dramatic transformation you see in Niho‘ole and other young monk seals in need.

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June 4, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle Online
The Regulars: Pacifica volunteer’s lifelong love of the ocean

Marie Kazan-Komarek’s childhood summers were spent digging in the flats for mussels and quahogs in Massachusetts. Her love of the ocean has been an undying passion of hers for as long as she can remember.

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May 27, 2017

CBS News
Blue whale that washed ashore in northern Calif. has been spotted dozens of times before

The body of an endangered, 79-foot-long blue whale that washed ashore in Marin County, California, had injuries consistent with being struck by a ship, according to an expert from the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CBS San Francisco reports.

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May 22, 2017

San Francisco Examiner
Wayward sea lion rescued near Great Highway

Animal officials rescued a wayward juvenile California sea lion that had somehow found its way to a “bad location” on the median between the Great Highway and Lower Great Highway on Monday morning.

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May 22, 2017

KEYT-TV
Sea Lion safety in the spotlight after a girl is dragged into ocean

After a young tourist was dragged into the water off a pier by a sea lion in Canada, the local marine center explains why it is important to stay back.

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May 17, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle Online
Whales were swimming near the Golden Gate Bridge Wednesday morning

After last week's amazing photo of a humpback breaching under the Golden Gate Bridge, more whales were caught on camera today.

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May 17, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle
Marin’s best classrooms are found outdoors

Summer school doesn’t have to take place in a stuffy classroom. Marin’s distinctive geography and wildlife offer unique educational opportunities — with no term papers required, and field trips a given.

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May 3, 2017

CNET
Are 2 cameras better than 1?

To test the burst mode, we took the phones to capture some feeding time action at the Marine Mammal Center in Marin.

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May 2, 2017

People Magazine Online
Baby Seal and Mama Kiss After Rescue Team Saves Pup, Reunites Pair

Recently, the Marine Mammal Center of Sausalito, California, assisted in a daring, and ultimately adorable, rescue of a trapped harbor seal pup at the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel.

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April 29, 2017

The Associated Press
Orca attacks on gray whales up in California Bay

Killer whales are on an unprecedented killing spree in California's Monterey Bay, attacking and feeding on gray whale calves, a marine biologist said.

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April 29, 2017

Monterey County Herald
Rescuers reunite seal pup with mom

The Marine Mammal Center recently helped reunite a harbor seal pup that had been separated from its mother by moving the young pinniped off some large shoreline rocks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve where it was trapped and onto a nearby boat ramp.

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April 27, 2017

The New York Times
Only captivity will save the vaquita, experts say

It was not the first time Robert L. Brownell Jr. had seen a dead vaquita, the rare and endangered porpoise that was lying on the stainless-steel necropsy table inside the Tijuana Zoo on Monday. But it might well be one of the last.

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April 18, 2017

Marin Independent Journal
Marin Headlands clinic sees continued influx of seal pups

Fatty “milkshakes,” “fish school” and rest are the order of the day for undernourished and weak elephant seal pups found on beaches after being separated from their mothers, likely because of the harsh winter and spring storms.

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April 15, 2017

KGO-TV
California sea otter population showing signs of recovery

The California sea otter was on the brink of extinction, but now, for the first time in generations, they’re showing signs of recovery.

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April 11, 2017

KPIX-TV
Marine Mammal Center looks for help with pupping season

The Marine Mammal Center has an urgent need for volunteers after the facility became suddenly overwhelmed with young, orphaned sea lions and elephant seals.

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April 7, 2017

CNN
See a baby seal while on business in SF

Visit the Marine Mammal Center, an animal hospital near San Francisco, where you can meet baby seals and help them get back to the wild.

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March 30, 2017

The New York Times
California Today

Imagine you’re a newly born elephant seal, like the one above. You’re lying on the beach trying to get some much-needed rest. And then all of a sudden, a loud, buzzing drone comes out of nowhere, totally interrupting your nap.

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March 27, 2017

KQED
Drones on Monterey Beaches Frighten Seals During Mating Season

The national marine sanctuary in Monterey Bay is cracking down on drones flying over nursing seals and their young during mating season.

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March 24, 2017

Daily Republic
Christmas comes in March to children at Padan Elementary

Children at Padan Elementary School knew what a sea lion was thanks to the recent stopover by “Mr. Leisure,” a sea lion that made his way up the Delta last week for a visit in Vacaville.

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March 15, 2017

The Sacramento Bee
The wayward sea lion of Vacaville appeared to be heading home

The wayward sea lion of Vacaville appeared to be heading home Wednesday. An animal services official spotted the sea lion Tuesday morning in Vacaville and contacted The Marine Mammal Center, according to spokesman Giancarlo Rulli.

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March 15, 2017

Marin Magazine
7 Questions for Deirdre Denmon

Spring is the time of year the Marine Mammal Center kicks into high gear, rescuing stranded baby seals and sea lions and educating the public on what to do when encountering a pup in need.

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March 3, 2017

Marin Independent Journal
Harbor seal pups need space on Marin beaches

Wildlife officials are reminding beachcombers not to disturb harbor seal pups that might show up on Marin beaches in the coming weeks.

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March 1, 2017

KSBW-TV
Seal pups starting to show up on Monterey Bay beaches

Pupping season for elephant and harbor seals on the Central Coast is here and the Marine Mammal Center is reminding people to stay away from the animals.

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February 8, 2017

Marin Independent Journal
Marin Headlands tourist spots closed to cars

Cars have been banned from scenic overlooks in the Marin Headlands as the Golden Gate National Recreation Area attempts to keep traffic flowing during work on a nearby tunnel.

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February 2, 2017

KSBY-TV
Elephant seal pup stranded on San Simeon beach being nursed back to health

An elephant seal pup found stranded on a beach in San Simeon is being nursed back to health at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

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February 1, 2017

San Luis Obispo Tribune
Stranded elephant pup seal rescued after hikers heard her barking from afar

Hikers walking along the north end of the Boucher Trail heard a pup barking. They found her tangled in a pile of driftwood in a ravine. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, she became the first elephant seal pup of the 2017 season to be rescued by volunteers for The Marine Mammal Center in San Luis Obispo County.

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January 16, 2017

West Hawaii Today
The deal behind healing seals: Volunteers make Ke Kai Ola’s rehab mission a reality

It’s 7:30 a.m. at the Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology park south of the Kona International Airport, which means it’s breakfast time. On the menu: herring, being prepared by Ke Kai Ola volunteer Cameron McDonald.

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January 11, 2017

Marin Independent Journal
Marine Mammal Center eye gel helps oil-sullied pinnipeds

Pinnipeds whose eyes are affected by oil contamination and other hazards are benefitting from an antibiotic gel commonly used in human medicine and domestic animals, according to a study by veterinary experts at the Marine Mammal Center.

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January 10, 2017

Nautilus Magazine
How Animal Rescuers Are Burning Out Their Empathy

No one likes to hear about the freezers full of euthanized animals. It’s an uncomfortable reality, but often animal rescue workers have no option but to kill sick or badly wounded animals—as humanely as possible.

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January 9, 2017

San Jose Mercury News
Dead whale towed from Oakland to Angel Island for necropsy

A whale that was found dead near the Howard Terminal in the Oakland Inner Harbor over the stormy weekend was towed to Angel Island Monday morning.

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January 5, 2017

EcoWatch
U.S. Navy-Trained Dolphins to Round Up Nearly Extinct Vaquita in Controversial Plan

A controversial, last-ditch plan to round up the last remaining vaquitas—a critically endangered porpoise found only in the Sea of Cortez—may get underway this spring with the aid of U.S. Navy-trained bottlenose dolphins.

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January 2, 2017

San Francisco Chronicle
Warmer waters have more bottlenose dolphins turning up in SF Bay

Bottlenose dolphins are moving north from their warm-water haunts in the ocean waters off Southern California, and seaside observers are spotting more and more of them as far north as Mendocino.

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