The Marine Mammal Center is the only organization authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service to rescue and provide veterinary care for ill and injured marine mammals along 600 miles of California coast.
Patients, as we call them, receive the best veterinary care from our trained volunteers and staff. The goal seems simple - to treat the patients and release them back to the wild - but it is not, given the host of illnesses, human-caused injuries, and deteriorating environmental factors these animals face. We learn an increbible amount from these patients, and many of them have captured our hearts and sparked scientific inquiry. To the left are just a few of their stories.