Pupping season has begun, which means baby marine mammals are vulnerable to the challenges of life in the wild, like severe storms and harassment from people and dogs. Most of the pups we rescue at this time of year are found orphaned, starving and in need of help to survive.
At the Center, pup patients eat sustainably caught herring, which costs about a dollar a pound. During the busiest times at our hospital, the patients can eat nearly 1,000 pounds of fish per day. You can imagine how quickly our grocery bills add up!
Here’s how you can help a hungry pup:
Your $1 gift = 1 pound of fish for a marine mammal pup
Your $10 gift = 1 fish-mash smoothie for a seal pup
Your $25 gift = 1 day of medication for a seal pup
Your $50 gift = 1 day’s worth of fish-mash smoothies for a seal pup
Your $75 gift = 1 day of hearty fish meals and medicine for a seal pup
This Earth Day, we’re also helping you embrace sustainable seafood, like our pups do. We’ve teamed up with Top Chef Eric Adjepong and the nonprofit Jack and Jill of America Inc. to celebrate ways you can make ocean-friendly, sustainable choices when cooking with seafood – and how we can all work together to protect our oceans.
Watch The Marine Mammal Center’s social media starting April 15 for videos, recipes, tips and more from Chef Adjepong.
And thank you for joining us to help protect marine mammals, our ocean and our fisheries.
With your gift, hungry marine mammal pups will get the hearty fish meals they need to grow from skinny, orphaned pups to strong, healthy seals ready to return to the wild.
But did you know that many of our young patients don’t know how to eat whole fish on their own?
You see, seal pups like Astrid and Webby must learn how to track and catch fish, as well as learn how to compete with their pen-mates for meals.
How do they learn these vital survival skills? During lessons of fish school, our specially trained volunteers use tactics like dragging fish on a string through the water to engage a pup’s natural instinct to catch fish. You can imagine how rewarding it is when pups like Astrid and Webby have their “lightbulb moment” and realize that fish is food.