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 The Center in the News 2016

July 6, 2016

National Geographic
These Sick Animals Could Be Key to Understanding Cancer

The office door flies open and in rushes Alissa Deming, fresh from an ultrasound on a stranded sea lion. Deming wants a word with the boss, chief veterinarian Frances Gulland, who has monitored cancer in marine mammals for two decades.

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June 28, 2016

Associated Press
NOAA reminding people in Pacific Northwest not to touch or pick up seal pups

As harbor seals are being born in the Pacific Northwest this time of year, marine mammal advocates up and down the West Coast are urging people not to touch or pick up pups that come up on beaches and shorelines to rest.

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June 17, 2016

People Magazine Online
Dozens of Adorable Seal Pups Get a Second Chance

Some people call them mer-dogs, or the canines of the sea, either way, we can all agree that seals are absolutely adorable. And just like canine pups, sometimes these sea creatures need a helping hand. This is where the Marine Mammal Center and Shedd Aquarium step in.

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June 16, 2016

West Hawaii Today
Hooked on barbless

It’s an age-old design going back to ancient hooks carved in bone, when primitive man sought to assure that every fish he hooked was one he would land. But its time just might be pau.

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June 3, 2016

Science Magazine
Feature: Stranding Sleuth

Elizabeth Pennisi profiles The Marine Mammal Center’s Senior Scientist Frances Gulland. Her tireless efforts to glean tissue and knowledge from hundreds of whale, dolphin, and seal strandings around the world have made her a prominent figure among marine mammal scientists. But her influence stretches far beyond pure research.

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June 2, 2016

SFist
Video: Marine Mammal Center Reunites Baby Otter Pup With Its Mama

This is a public service announcement: You must, I mean, must, take a break from police pursuits and the presidential election and attacks on Muni and Peter Thiel and Millbrae murder and Uber and Trump and watch this video of a baby otter being returned to its mom by the Marine Mammal Center.

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May 31, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle
Wayward sea lion pup wanders onto SF beach stairwell

San Francisco patrol officers, moved after discovering a baby sea lion shivering on a stairwell at Ocean Beach in the middle of the night, kept the frightened pinniped warm until rescue workers arrived in the morning to save it, authorities said Tuesday.

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May 17, 2016

USA Today
Mexican porpoise vaquita close to extinction

The world's smallest porpoise is headed closer to extinction as experts warn that stronger protection against illegal fishing is needed despite current efforts by Mexico's navy.

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May 14, 2016

CBS Evening News
Humpbacks in San Francisco Bay give boaters a rare thrill

In San Francisco Bay, it's been a great week for whale watching thanks to some special visitors seldom seen in those waters. It is an unusual sight to be sure: Humpback whales frolicking in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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May 1, 2016

Marin Magazine
Sea Life Sanctuary

After a childhood surrounded by animals (11 cats and two tortoises) and careers in investment banking and fashion design, Sophie Guarasci has found her passion — caring for sick and injured animals.

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April 16, 2016

Marin Independent Journal
Marin Snapshot: Shawn Johnson directs veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center

Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center, has been quite busy since starting his job in 2012. California sea lions, in particular, have been hit hard by changing ocean conditions in recent years in what has been called a “crisis.”

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April 10, 2016

Marin Independent Journal
Marin’s Marine Mammal Center coping with relentless influx of ailing sea lions

When a California sea lion dubbed “School Daze” was rescued by the Marine Mammal Center after wandering onto Highway 37 last week, it underscored the plight of a species that is finding itself in trouble throughout the state.

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April 6, 2016

KQED News
Domoic Acid Poisoning Suspected in Sea Lion Wandering Hwy 37

Another wayward pinniped visited Highway 37 this week, causing traffic to grind to a halt by Tuesday morning. It was near the stretch where traffic snarled in December when a 900-pound elephant seal tried to cross the road.

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March 25, 2016

ABC News Online
Seal found in California resident’s front yard was supposed to be in Alaska

This seal pup is really lost. The 9-month-old northern fur seal is supposed to be in Alaskan waters right now but was recently found in Fremont, California, according to its rescuers.

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March 4, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle
Bill aims to give crab industry $138 million in disaster relief

California commercial crab fishermen, many struggling to keep their businesses afloat amid an unprecedented season closure caused by a toxic algae bloom, could see more than $130 million in disaster relief under a last-ditch federal proposal to bail them out of financial doom.

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February 29, 2016

Marin Independent Journal
Marin wildlife experts urge beach visitors to stay away from harbor seals

Adorable harbor seal pups are starting to dot Marin’s beaches and wildlife officials are urging people to leave them alone.

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February 11, 2016

Alaska Public Media
Scientists find prevalence of algal toxins in the Arctic

For the first time, scientists have documented the prevalence of two bio-toxins in Alaska’s marine mammal population above the Arctic Circle.

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January 21, 2016

San Francisco Chronicle
Wayward and emaciated fur seal pup turns up in Hayward

A northern fur seal pup turned up at the front door of a Hayward ironworks shop Wednesday morning, the latest example of how warm ocean waters and a lack of food are wreaking havoc on a range of marine mammals.

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January 21, 2016

KNTV
Record Number of Emaciated California Seals Rescued

The sickly northern fur seal found stranded in a California business park this week is just one of the record number of mammals found and rescued at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito - likely a factor of both The Blob and El Niño.

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January 6, 2016

Al Jazeera America
In warming ocean, record number of seals and sea lions sicken and starve

They are brought in with all sorts of problems: lockjaw, poisoning, cancer and even bullet wounds from fishermen. But most of the record number of seals and sea lions washing up on California's shores and being brought to a regional rescue center are starving.

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