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Bumblebee - our 2,000th Harbor Seal!

Bumblebee, our 2,000th harbor seal and the first harbor seal pup of 2013, is back in the wild after months of care at our hospital.

May 30, 2013

Bumblebee is Back Home in the Ocean!

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Enjoy this slideshow of Bumblebee going back to the ocean at Point Reyes National Seashore on May 24, 2013.

You can help other patients at our hospital get back to the wild too! Donate today!


May 6, 2013

Check out Bumblebee - she's eating fish on her own and swimming in one of our big pools!


April 4, 2013

Bumblebee is the queen of her pool at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA.
© Ingrid Overgard - The Marine Mammal Center

Little Bumblebee isn't that "little" anymore! She's gained nearly 14 lb since she was first brought in, and now weighs 32 lb. According to animal care volunteers, she's quite feisty and tends to shy away from her human care-takers. Veterinarians are feeling positively optimistic about her recovery.


March 15, 2013

Drum roll please... and the name you chose is:


Our 2,000th harbor seal has a name - Bumblebee!
© Ingrid Overgard - The Marine Mammal Center

A big thank you to the more than 1,500 participants from around the world (including Canada, Germany, Singapore, Australia, the U.K. and just about everywhere in the U.S.) who thought of some creative names! The runners-up were Baby Gaga and Dawn. Many of you decided on your own names and those were wonderful too! They included: Hope, Faith, Tookay (as in 2K), Little Miss Salty, Fluffy, Zipper, Squeakers, Ringo Star and Star Lady Annihilator.

As for Bumblebee, she is doing great! She's gained 5 lb since she first arrived and she is beginning to lose that lanugo coat which signifies progress in her physical development. Volunteers and veterinarians will continue her round-the-clock care in order to get her healthy and strong for the wild. She has company now too! Harbor seal pups Uno and Sota have joined her and are under our care.

Help Bumblebee and other patients receive food and medical care - donate today!


March 8, 2013

Bumblebee, harbor seal, 2000, hs, marine mammal center

This days old harbor seal pup was found on a beach alone, malnourished and with no mom in sight, in Monterey County on February 25, 2013. Veterinarians and volunteers are tending to her nutritional needs almost 24/7 and we're glad to report that she is currently doing well! That's not the only good news. This little pup is also the 2,000th harbor seal we've admitted to our hospital since 1975! To celebrate this milestone, we're asking for your help to give her a name!

It's a girl! Help us name this harbor seal pup!
© Ingrid Overgard - The Marine Mammal Center

Over the last 30 years, the success rate for wildlife rescue from oil pollution has increased exponentially. Dawn dishwashing liquid has been a vital tool for wildlife conservation organizations, with thousands of donated bottles cleansing and helping more than 75,000 animals in the last 30 years. At The Marine Mammal Center, Dawn is part of our foundation of animal care - we use Dawn to clean oiled seals and sea lions, and on a daily basis we use Dawn to clean the dishes, buckets and medical equipment needed to help our patients.



Learn more about harbor seals

Oil spill facts - the effects on marine mammals

Dawn Junior Wildlife program

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