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 The Center in the News 2019

November 27, 2019

USA Today
Adorable baby seal rescued from parking garage by California firefighters then takes a nap

All baby Santos wanted after his long day was a nap.

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November 19, 2019

Marin Magazine
3 Gifts That Give Back

Since 1975, the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito has rescued and rehabilitated more than 23,000 animals.

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November 14, 2019

Route50
Using Social Media to Monitor Endangered Species Uncovers Surprising Information

Conservation officials in Hawaii do constant outreach to remind tourists and residents to give a wide berth to endangered species, but those efforts are no match for people on the hunt for the perfect selfie.

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November 7, 2019

National Geographic
Deadly virus spreads among marine mammals as Arctic ice melts

When sea otters in Alaska were diagnosed with phocine distemper virus (PDV) in 2004, scientists were confused. The pathogen in the Morbillivirus genus that contains viruses like measles had then only been found in Europe and on the eastern coast of North America.

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October 23, 2019

Bay Nature Magazine
What We Can Learn about the Coast from Sick Sea Otters

Melissa Miller’s job is to listen to what sea otters have to say about the things that are killing them. Conducting hundreds of post-mortem examinations on sea otters is one way she does this as a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) pathologist and wildlife veterinarian.

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October 22, 2019

Marin Independent Journal
Marin Headlands clinic treats stray sea turtle

Marine animal caregivers were perplexed Monday as to why a hypothermic, endangered sea turtle washed up on a Northern California beach hundreds of miles outside its normal range.

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October 11, 2019

Marin Independent Journal
Fleet Week: boaters, be alert for humpbacks in San Francisco Bay, researchers say

As more humpback whales venture into San Francisco Bay in search of food, local researchers are calling on San Francisco Bay boaters to be alert this Fleet Week weekend — for both the whales’ and their own safety.

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October 11th, 2019

Salon Magazine
California's humpback whales are threatened by shipping traffic

Marine researchers in the Bay Area are concerned the increased ship traffic stemming from Fleet Week will harm the region's vulnerable population of humpback whales.

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September 30, 2019

Vitamix
Fish-based Blends Aid Seal Rehabilitation at The Marine Mammal Center

While many of us start our day with a blend of fresh greens, fruit, seeds and maybe some almond milk … there’s one California-based hospital that regularly serves up a smooth puree of salmon oil, milk powder and whole, frozen herring to help its patients achieve better health. And the facility makes up to 50 gallons of this mixture—or a variation of it—every day.

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September 12, 2019

West Hawaii Today
4 endangered Hawaiian monk seals admitted to Ke Kai Ola

Four endangered Hawaiian monk seals rescued from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands are receiving care at Ke Kai Ola in Kailua-Kona.

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September 8, 2019

KION-TV
Rehabilitated sea lions released back into Monterey Bay

It was a special day for marine mammal experts on the peninsula, as they waved goodbye to two of their patients.

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September 2, 2019

USA Today – For The Win Blog
Firefighter rescues sea lion, prompts cheers from crowd

With a crowd of California beachgoers watching from above on the San Simeon Pier, firefighter Ryan Mort took to a paddleboard and became a hero Sunday afternoon when he managed to rescue a sea lion hooked and tangled in fishing line.

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September 2, 2019

KGO-TV
The state of the ocean is in peril

Up and down the West Coast, pacific gray whales are showing up dead or stranded at an alarming rate. At the same time, sea lions and seals are washing up to Bay Area shores malnourished and with diseases.

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August 23, 2019

Marin Magazine
Local Aquatic Powerhouse Saves the Whales

Since it was established in 1975, the bulk of the work at Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center has been assisting sick and stranded seals and sea lions, but with Golden Gate Cetacean Research coming under the wing of the organization, efforts are shifting.

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August 14, 2019

We Are Travel Girls
Charities We Love: The Marine Mammal Center

Growing up, I was surrounded by animals – from pet cats and parrots to the stories of cougars and hawks my mom would bring home from work as a wild animal trainer.

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August 5, 2019

Honolulu Star Advertiser
Monk seal rescued for 2nd time recovers, released on Kauai

Hawaiian monk seal RH38 is one very lucky pinniped. The juvenile female seal that was rescued in a critically ill state in March, was recently released back to the wild on Kauai, according to Ke Kai Ola, the monk seal hospital in Kailua-Kona run by the Marine Mammal Center.

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July 28, 2019

San Luis Obispo Tribune
California sea lions are being poisoned by toxic algae. Why this year is more concerning

On a beautiful Friday in July, a dehydrated young sea lion was rescued from the Harford Pier by the Marine Mammal Center’s San Luis Obispo County rescue team.

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July 23, 2019

The Wall Street Journal
As Animals Wash Up on West Coast, Scientists Look to Climate Change

First, the Dungeness crabs were poisoned. Then gray whales started turning up dead. Most recently, record numbers of Guadalupe fur seals and California sea lions are washing up starving and sick.

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July 20, 2019

Quartz
Scientists are worried that a thousand gray whales have died so far this year

Pacific gray whales are showing up dead in North America’s oceans and shores at a rate four-times greater than typical. As of July 11, 182 gray whales have been found dead or beached this year in Mexico, the US, and Canada according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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July 12, 2019

TED Fellows Blog
Hawaiian Monk Seals Are In Danger Of Extinction. This Woman Is Helping To Save Them

To many, Claire Simeone has what is considered to be a dream job: She hangs out with baby seals in Hawaii for a living.

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July 12, 2019

SF Weekly
Rising Number of Starving Young Sea Lions Alarms Marine Vets

Within just two months, the number of orphaned California sea lions rescued by Marine Mammal Center has surged from 46 to more than 375.

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July 9, 2019

Hawaii Magazine
Students in Hawaii Marine Mammal Program Show Increased Interest in STEM Careers

Students participating in Nā Kōkua o ke Kai, a Marine Mammal Center program, reported that they had increased interest in STEM careers after participating in the program— interest increased from 41% to 52%, according to the Marine Mammal Center’s survey of participants.

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July 5, 2019

KQED-FM
Find a Stranded Marine Mammal at the Beach? Here’s What to Do

The Marine Mammal Center rescued an ill sea lion on the shore at San Francisco's Ocean Beach Wednesday morning. "Betsy" the sea lion is now safely recovering in the organization's rehabilitation center in Sausalito, but she isn’t the first — or likely the last — to be found on the Bay Area’s shoreline in need of help this summer.

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June 27, 2019

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
2 Hawaiian monk seals released back to Laysan Island after stay at Big Isle hospital.

Two Hawaiian monk seals are back home on Laysan Island at Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument after more than six months of growth and rehabilitation at an animal hospital in Kailua-Kona.

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June 18, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle
“Allie” puts on one whale of a show in Bay waters

A humpback whale has been leaping out of the water, waving its flukes and putting on a show for boaters, sightseers, and photographers in San Francisco Bay.

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June 17, 2019

Marin Independent Journal
Marine mammals captivate Corte Madera man for more than 40 years

There was a time when Bill Keener thought he’d be a veterinarian, spending his days helping dogs and cats like he had done as a veterinary assistant in the East Bay. But when he volunteered at Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center in the 1970s and then served as executive director, he fell in love with marine mammals and never looked back.

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June 17, 2019

KQED
Long Lingering Humpback Whale Bids Farewell to Alameda.

A humpback whale that had been circling the waters near Alameda's shoreline for more than two weeks has apparently moved on in search of bigger fish.

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June 14, 2019

Patch
Palo Alto Phasing In Plastic Straw, Utensil Ban.

By the first of next year, the Peninsula city government hopes its residents and visitors will think globally, act locally — with the City Council passing an ordinance to limit plastic straws, utensils, stirrers and other food ware handed out as much as free samples at Costco.

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May 31, 2019

CBS San Francisco
Feds To Investigate Gray Whale Deaths After NOAA Declares ‘Unusual Mortality Event'.

U.S. scientists will investigate why an unusual number of gray whales are washing up dead on West Coast beaches.

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May 17, 2019

British Natural History Museum
Elephant seals: a giant survival story.

Northern elephant seals once teetered on the brink of extinction. Now the population is bouncing back - but some need a helping hand to survive.

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May 16, 2019

Vice News
Dead Whales Are Washing Up in Droves on California’s Beaches.

Huge, decomposing whale carcasses are washing ashore throughout California’s Bay Area in unprecedented numbers.

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May 16, 2019

The Associated Press
Hawaiian monk seal that had CT scan suffering from infection.

A CT scan performed on a Hawaiian monk seal at a hospital has shown that the animal is suffering from muscle inflammation and infection, officials said.

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May 7, 2019

The Washington Post
9 dead gray whales have washed up in the Bay Area. A scientist says that’s ‘very unusual'.

It’s been a gloomy year for gray whales in California. In a little less than two months, nine of the marine mammals have been found dead in the San Francisco Bay area, an unusual string of fatalities that experts say has primarily been caused by boat strikes or malnutrition.

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May 1, 2019

The Washington Post
A threatened seal pup came ashore looking for food. Then an off-leash dog attacked.

When the young Guadalupe fur seal made the unusual choice to come ashore along a protected stretch of beach in northern California, there was probably one thing on the female pup’s mind.

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April 30, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle
Lost year-old sea lion rescued from Highway 101 in South San Francisco

A young sea lion with big eyes and a poor sense of direction was rescued Tuesday morning from Highway 101 in South San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol said.

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April 26, 2019

San Jose Mercury News
Why are gray whales dying in San Francisco Bay?

Gray whales are currently making their annual trip to Alaska.

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April 23, 2019

Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Critically ill monk seal gets CT scan at North Hawaii Community Hospital

A critically ill Hawaiian monk seal has been rescued from Kauai for the second time and is now under the care of a monk seal hospital in Kailua-Kona.

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April 17, 2019

The Washington Post
Lost sea creatures wash up on California shores as ocean climate shifts

The Pacific Ocean off the California coast is mixed up, and so are many of the animals that live there.

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April 10, 2019

KAZU Radio
How Kayaks, Drones And Selfies Can Harm Seals During Pupping Season

March and April are when harbor seals give birth along the Central Coast. That means moms and pups need their space.

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March 22, 2019

West Hawaii Today
Spring has sprung: Hawaiian monk seal welcomes pup at North Kona beach

It’s said spring breathes new life into the world around us — and that was certainly true this year when Hawaiian monk seal RA20 welcomed her second pup Wednesday.

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March 21, 2019

San Luis Obispo Tribune
Interaction with SLO’s elephant seals can be deadly. What officials do to prevent it

The tiny elephant seal pup huddled on the Shamel Park beach in Cambria earlier this month was malnourished and weak, so concerned visitors notified trained volunteer rescuers from The Marine Mammal Center.

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March 18, 2019

Salon Magazine
Two dead gray whales in San Francisco Bay speak to unusual migration season

Last week, two stranded gray whales were found in the San Francisco Bay. The stranding is one of a few strange occurrences that are raising concerns among scientists during this year’s northbound migration season.

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March 14, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle
2 dead gray whales turn up in San Francisco Bay; marine scientists investigating

Marine scientists are investigating the deaths of two gray whales found floating in San Francisco Bay this week. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito received a report of a dead whale floating between Tiburon and Angel Island near Raccoon Strait on Sunday morning.

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February 14, 2019

West Hawaii Today
Hawaiian monk seal released back to wild on Kauai after care at Ke Kai Ola

Hawaiian monk seal pup RK58 was recently returned to the wild on Kauai after successful rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital and visitor center in Kailua-Kona.

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February 13, 2019

KEYT-TV
Seal pupping season to begin soon in SLO County

The familiar sound of northern elephant seals will soon be heard throughout the beaches in San Luis Obispo County. The pupping season starts in the next few weeks.

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February 5, 2019

San Luis Obispo Tribune
This baby otter ended up a mile away from its mom. A team of experts helped them reunite

Mike Harris, senior environmental scientist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with officials from The Marine Mammal Center and the Morro Bay Harbor Patrol, helped reunite a baby sea otter with its mother on February 4.

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January 31, 2019

KAZU Radio
Rescued Sea Otters Return To The Monterey Bay

Great white shark bites are a leading cause of death in California Sea Otters, according to the Marine Mammal Center. That is how a baby otter named Langly ended up in the Center’s care.

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January 27, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle
Oregon biologists killing California sea lions to protect threatened salmon

Marauding gangs of California sea lions have invaded a river system in Oregon and are devouring thousands of threatened salmon, forcing wildlife officials to begin a controversial lethal removal program in a desperate attempt to protect the fragile fish species.

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January 22, 2019

Mother Jones
The Government Shutdown Is Threatening the Lives of Your Favorite Ocean Animals

On January 10, during the third week of the ongoing government shutdown, a dead sperm whale carcass was spotted floating about a mile off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

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January 18, 2019

Oregon Public Radio
Scientists Puzzled By High Cancer Rate Among West Coast Sea Lions

I watched a sea lion die last summer. The large animal was emaciated, its spine and ribs visible below its fur. Its hind limbs were immobile as it dragged itself from the shore to the water.

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January 9, 2019

Hakai Magazine
A Fur Seal Loses Its Safety Net

In the azure waters far off Mexico’s Pacific coast lies a volcanic island that is the world’s last stronghold of the Guadalupe fur seal.

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January 3, 2019

NBC Bay Area
Pair of Rehabbed Otters to Carry New Biological Transmitters

A pair of otters that were nursed back to health from near death will serve as the ambassadors for a new tracking technology that will record their biological information over the course of their lives.

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January 2, 2019

Honolulu-Star Advertiser
Hawaiian monk seals had a record number of babies born in 2018

The year 2018 has been a record one for Hawaiian monk seal pups born in the main Hawaiian isles. While no monk seal moms gave birth in Waikiki last year as Rocky did in summer 2017, creating a stir that generated attention worldwide, it was a good year for pups, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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