Every year, on average, we help approximately 600 distressed marine mammals, rescuing and rehabilitating them at our hospital facilities in the Marin Headlands.
We may have dozens of patients on site at any given time in various stages of treatment or rehabilitation.
The most common reasons these animals have been rescued and are under our care are:
- Malnutrition as a result of an ever-changing shift in the ocean food chain, becoming separated from mom during weaning, or illness
- Illnesses such as toxic algae poisoning, bacterial infections and even skin disease
- Entanglements in ocean trash
- Boat strikes
- Shark bites
H.C. was a California sea lion that was rescued when he was found to be entangled in a large plastic band. His story provides a good overview of the work carried out by The Marine Mammal Center, along with the treatment and care we give to our patients.
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