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October 25, 2013
Discarded Plastic Gives Birth to Art - Santa Cruz Sentinel
When artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang had their first date on Kehoe Beach in Marin County in 1999, they had no idea they both collected plastic debris and turned it into art.
October 25, 2013
Malibu Shootings Compound Bad Year for California Sea Lions - KCET-TV, Los Angeles
According to the Jim Oswald at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito (not to be confused with the MMCC), which rehabilitates hundreds of sea lions and other marine mammals each year, about three or four percent of the center's typical annual caseload consists of animals with gunshot wounds, with sea lions making up most of the victims. Oswald told ReWild that of 500 marine mammals the Center treated in 2012, 230 of which were sea lions, a total of six -- all of them sea lions -- were treated for gunshot wounds.
October 16, 2013
Dolphins Stuck in Morro Bay Estuary Muck Led to Safety - San Luis Obispo Tribune
The Marine Mammal Center and a team of volunteers armed with booties and boats help wayward pod to open waters. The bottlenose dolphins frolicked as only dolphins can. But two listless ones swam the wrong way, and the rest of the loyal pod followed.
October 13, 2013
New Hope, Home for Curious Monk Seal - West Hawaii Today
A well-known Hawaiian monk seal arrived Friday evening at his new home on Niihau, where he will hopefully interact with other seals rather than people. The 6-month-old male seal, called Kamilo and known by the bleach mark on his back, H05, was relocated after nipping two triathletes who were swimming in Kamakahonu Bay on Tuesday.
September 25, 2013
Disney Worldwide Conservation Grant to Help Marine Mammal Center Rescue Hawaiian Monk Seals - Pacific Business News
The Disney Worldwide Conservation fund has awarded a $25,000 grant for the rescue of endangered Hawaiian monk seals to The Marine Mammal Center, which is building a $3.2 million rehabilitation facility at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii on the Big Island.
September 12, 2013
A Look Inside California's Marine Mammal Center - Discover magazine
At this wildlife rescue hospital, no patient has insurance and fish is always on the menu.
August 21, 2013
Dead Fin Whale Offers Learning Opportunity - Marin IJ
The federally endangered fin whale that died this week on Stinson Beach in front of curious onlookers could turn out to be a boon for scientists looking to glean new information about the species. The 10-ton, 42-foot-long male whale, believed to be less than a year old, was alive, and thrashing in the surf when it was first spotted Monday morning. But within a couple of hours it died. A team from the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands and California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco quickly went to work on the massive animal, performing a necropsy.
August 19, 2013
Whale Stranded on Stinson Beach Dies - San Francisco Chronicle
A whale discovered stranded and barely breathing on Stinson Beach early Monday died despite a rescue attempt by veterinarians, officials said. It's unclear why the young fin whale, about 42 feet long, wound up on the north end of the beach, said Shawn Johnson, director of veterinary science at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.
August 19, 2013
Rob Lowe on Surfing and the Sea - Parade
One of actor Rob Lowe’s favorite places to be is the ocean. Surfing, swimming, and fishing are passions of his which have led him to speak out on environmental issues. Recently, he teamed up with The Marine Mammal Center and International Bird Rescue to narrate a series of seven webisodes, called The Big Picture.
The Big Picture, which is funded by Procter & Gamble, looks inside the difficult journeys of animal patients, and how rescuers and volunteers advance wildlife conservation.
July 26, 2013
Sausalito Rescue Crew Saves Sea Lion - KGO-TV San Francisco
A training exercise turned into the real thing for a marine mammal rescue team based in the Bay Area. A Sausalito Marine Mammal Center crew was training in Monterey when they came across an adult male sea lion under the Monterey Wharf, with a rubber band around its neck.
July 25, 2013
Sea Lions Released at Rodeo Beach - Marin Scope
Two hefty and healthy sea lions – nicknamed HC and Schnelly – were released back into the ocean just before sunset July 24 at Rodeo Beach at the Marin Headlands. The Marine Mammal Center Special Rescue Operations team rescued a 244-pound male California sea lion July 21 from pilings at Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey.
July 23, 2013
Why I Run for the Seals - Mill Valley Patch
The Marine Mammal Center is holding the Run for the Seals on August 17. This annual fundraising event draws participants from all over the Bay Area who come to run or walk through the spectacular Marin Headlands while dressed up like seals or jellyfish or mermaids. Even the dogs come in costume. For those who don't know about The Marine Mammal Center, I thought I would take this opportunity to spread the word about the amazing work they do.
July 16, 2013
Big Things Come from Small Beginnings: The Mystery of the Sick Sea Lions - National Geographic online
On a cold, foggy morning along the Malibu coast, a small brown lump emerges from the sea and waddles ashore. I spot it from 100 yards away, but already my dog, Cooper, is at a full run toward the baby sea lion. I scream at him to stop, but it’s too late:
July 14, 2013
Building up NELHA - West Hawaii Today
Construction is booming at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. Several active construction sites line the facility’s access road, including a large parcel on the makai side adjacent to West Hawaii Explorations Academy. Two projects are underway there — the groundwork for a monk seal hospital sitting makai of the expansion of a shrimp breeding company.
June 24, 2013
Reminder: Leave Those Seal Pups Be - KQED.org
Seals. They’re so darn cute frolicking out there in the wild. What’s not to love? They’re intelligent, playful and endearingly noisy. You almost want to cuddle with them. But DON’T. They are not your pets. That’s the message the Marine Mammal Center, headquartered in Golden Gate National Park, wants the public to know.
June 14, 2013
Artists Cast a Net for Safer Oceans - Bay Nature Magazine
This weekend, The Marine Mammal Center in Marin launches a new art exhibit and website aimed at a problem most of us barely know exists: Ghost nets that drift in the oceans snagging sea life and wreaking havoc, maybe for years.
June 2, 2013
Discoveries: Visiting the Marine Mammal Center in Marin - Sacramento Bee
The eyes draw you in first. Round and brown, they seem so trusting, yet almost pleading. Then again, maybe this pod of rescued elephant seal pups is just hungry and looking for a little herring tartare appetizer that sure would hit the spot. It is nearing lunchtime, after all, and the seals have been lounging poolside at the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands all morning.
May 31, 2013
Sea Lions in Old Sacramento - Capital Public Radio - Sacramento
Marine Science Instructor Doreen Gurrola talks with Beth Ruyak about California sea lions that reside in the Sacramento River.
April 18, 2013
Earth Day 2013: Baby Sea Lion Rescue - Discovery News
For Earth Day 2013, Anthony visits The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. He talks to marine biologists working to save dozens of baby sea lions who were found stranded on the shores of Southern California early this year.
April 17, 2013
Babes at the Beach - Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Seal pupping season is in full swing along the Sonoma County coast, and visitors to Goat Rock and similar beaches may find harbor seals spread comfortably on the shore nursing their newborn pups. But experts are urging the curious to give the animals a wide berth, especially the pups.
April 10, 2013
Harbor Seal Rescued from Palo Alto Waterway - Palo Alto Daily News
For the first time in more than 20 years, a harbor seal was rescued from a Palo Alto waterway Tuesday. A city employee spotted the marine mammal, estimated to be about 5 weeks old and 20 pounds, bobbing near the tide gate to Mayfield Slough at 1:15 p.m., said Animal Control Officer Cody Macartney. The officers contacted the Marine Mammal Center, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates separated, sick and injured marine mammals from Mendocino County to San Luis Obispo County.
April 10, 2013
A Pacific Grove first: Seal born at Lovers Point - Santa Cruz Sentinel
The natural birthing room for mama harbor seals in Monterey Bay expanded, for the first time, onto Pacific Grove's popular Lovers Point beach, prompting the beach's closure in recent days.A mother and newborn seal pup were spotted on the beach early Sunday by a volunteer docent for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and human helpers sought to keep the legally protected marine mammals protected.
March 30, 2013
Seals in Crisis - San Luis Obispo Tribune
It’s been a busy March at the Marine Mammal Center’s Morro Bay triage facility. During the month, the facility has cared for 38 malnourished seals — mostly sea lions that were on their way to the group’s main veterinary hospital in Sausalito from Southern California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared “an unusual morbidity event is occurring for California sea lions in Southern California.”
March 30, 2013
Sea Lion Pups Stranded on California Beaches - NBC Nightly News
Scientists in Southern California are increasingly concerned about the large numbers of starving sea lion pups washing up on the beaches. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.
March 29, 2013
What's Behind spikes in Gulf Coast Dolphin Attacks? - National Geographic
Bill Van Bonn, chief veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, spends his days treating seals, sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins. In the past four years, he says, dozens of his patients have appeared with gunshot wounds.
March 28, 2013
Stranded Sea Lion Pups Arrive in Northern California - Wired
Malnourished sea lion pups have started arriving in Northern California – by the vanload. It’s a three-day, two-night trip for the weary mammalian travelers, with overnight stops in San Luis Obispo and Moss Landing. At the end of the road: The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, where the pups will be cared for and returned to health.
March 20, 2013
Marine Mammal Center's Elephant Seal Pup Care Picks Up Along Local Beaches - Huffington Post
The number of sick elephant seal pups coming to The Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands is picking up as the youngsters are turning up malnourished on beaches.
March 20, 2013
Beachgoers Warend to Keep Safe Distance from Seal Pups - KTVU-TV
March 19, 2013
Animal Group Warns Beachgoers to give Young Seals Sapce - KGO-TV
The Marine Mammal Center is putting out the word to steer clear of young seals during pupping season.
March 18, 2013
Marine Mammal Center Cares for Increasing Number of Elephant Seal Pups - Marin IJ
The number of sick elephant seal pups coming to the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands is picking up as the youngsters are turning up malnourished on beaches.
March 15, 2013
Marine Mammal Center Warns You to Leave Seal Pups Alone - SF Appeal
During pupping season the Marin County-based Marine Mammal Center is helping abandoned and sick elephant and harbor seal pups with a "Leave Seals Be" campaign, according to center officials.
March 14, 2013
Beachgoers Warned to Stay Away from Seal Pups - CBS-5
As seal pup season begins on the California coast, visitors to Bay Area beaches are being asked to leave mothers and their young alone to avoid possible separations. Don Ford reports.
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February 19, 2013
Tiburon researchers discover more about toxin that attacks sea life - Marin IJ
Researchers at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies are uncovering what's behind harmful toxins in the ocean that sicken thousands of sea mammals and birds every year. Each year the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands treats dozens of sea lions sickened by the domoic acid. In 2012, 14 percent of the 235 sea lions brought in for treatment suffered from domoic acid poisoning.
January 17, 2013
Shedd Aquarium Provides Permanent Home for Blind Sea Lion - Huffington Post
Looks like the president's new gun control measures didn't come soon enough for Cruz, the blind California sea lion pup that lost his eyesight to gunshot wounds. Luckily, the 1-year and 9-month-old male pup will have a new home in Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, where the disabled California sea lion will undergo rehabilitation, according to a Wednesday announcement from Shedd.
January 3, 2013
Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery: Hawaii Adds Second Marine Facility to Protect One of Its Rarest Mammals - Ke ola Magazine
Last September, The Marine Mammal Center, one of the largest marine mammal facilities in the country, broke ground on the first-ever Hawaiian monk seal hospital in the state. It is designed to hold up to 10 seals at a time, and is expected to be near completion in Spring 2013. The Center is working in collaboration with a number of groups including: NOAA Fisheries, the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Team, Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund, the Kohala Center, NELHA, and others, in an effort to save Hawaiian monk seals.
January 3, 2013
Rare San Francisco River Otter Stumps Researchers - Associated Press
For the first time in decades, a river otter has made San Francisco its home, taking up residence in the ruins of a 19th Century seaside bath near the Golden Gate Bridge. "Habitat destruction had an impact on the river otters," said Dorreen Gurrola, a science teacher at The Marine Mammal Center. "So it's always exciting to see these animals return to their habitat."
January 3, 2013
New Year, New Environmental Agendas - Pacific Sun
To many in the country and beyond, Marin is a pivotal point for the eco-conscious movement. Speaking of oceans, protecting our local marine life from offshore drilling and rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife is vital, too. The Marine Mammal Center at Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito (www.marinemammalcenter.org) helps rehabilitate up to 700 coastal mammals before returning them to the sea each year.