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 The Center in the News 2017

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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