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Top 9 Eco Friendly Holiday Gifts that Give Back

Last updated: October 21, 2020

Show your loved ones you care this holiday season with help from our 2020 Eco Friendly Green Gifts that Give Back Guide.

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Some Ocean Optimism: Uplifting Six-Part Video Series Launches

Last updated: August 27, 2020

Inspiring patient updates, sustainability tips, and stories about how you can positively impact the ocean and marine mammals. New episodes every other Wednesday on our YouTube channel.

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Four Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals Released after Rehabilitation at Ke Kai Ola

Last updated: August 19, 2020

The return of four endangered female seals back to their ocean home marks a significant win for their population of only about 1,400 individuals.

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Severe Entanglements Threaten Recovery of Guadalupe Fur Seal Population

Last updated: August 13, 2020

Impacts from entanglement in ocean trash and fishing gear is damaging the chance of recovery for species like the threatened Guadalupe fur seal, leaving our experts deeply concerned.

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A Statement: Black Lives Matter

Last updated: June 4, 2020

We are committed to making all people safe, and living and sharing our conviction that black lives, black voices and black experiences matter. Taking meaningful action today starts with educating ourselves.

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Ways to Help the Ocean at Home During Quarantine

Last updated: May 4, 2020

If you’re feeling stuck at home and wondering how you can help those in need during quarantine, look no further. We’ve rounded up a list of ways you can help the ocean with activities you can do at home.

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Watch The Marine Mammal Center on TV
Last updated: April 20, 2020

On April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, you’re invited to watch “Born Wild: The Next Generation” to see the impact of the work you support at The Marine Mammal Center.

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Pupping Season Is Underway as Orphaned Pups Like Zehr Arrive at Our Hospital
Last updated: April 3, 2020

Seal pups are stranding up and down the California coast—orphaned at much too young an age to survive on their own.

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Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal Battling Toxoplasmosis Admitted to Ke Kai Ola
Last updated: February 20, 2020

Adult Hawaiian monk seal Pōhaku is suffering from a potentially lethal parasitic infection called toxoplasmosis, a leading cause of death in monk seals.

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Vote for Your Favorite Marine Mammal Patient of 2019!
Last updated: February 6, 2020

Thanks to caring people like you, we were able to rescue more than 850 marine mammals in 2019. Now it’s time to recognize some of the most memorable patient stories.

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Last-Minute Gift Guide – Top Gifts that Give Back to Marine Animals (No Shipping Required!)
Last updated: December 17, 2019

Our Last-Minute Gift Guide features gifts that give back to marine animals and don’t require shipping. By choosing to purchase these downloadable gifts, you are supporting medical care for our patients in need.

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The Marine Mammal Center Expands Entangled Whale Response Efforts
Last updated: December 2, 2019

The Center is providing a home for the nonprofit formerly known as California Whale Rescue to bring solutions-focused response to whale entanglements along the California coast and beyond.

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Eco Friendly Gifts that Give Back: 2019 Holiday Gift Guide
Last updated: October 28, 2019

Our 2019 Eco Friendly Green Gifts that Give Back Guide features sustainable gifts that are good for the planet and perfect for the people in your life who are - or aspire to be - environmentally savvy.

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Marine Science Careers: Meet Dr. Cara Field
Last updated: September 13, 2019

Ever wondered how to become a marine mammal veterinarian? Learn what it takes and find out how Dr. Cara Field uses her role as a teacher to help protect our ocean for future generations.

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Endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal Pups Had Less Than One Percent Chance of Survival Before Rescue
Last updated: September 12, 2019

Four female Hawaiian monk seal pups were rescued from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands after weaning early and becoming malnourished. They are now receiving treatment at our hospital on Hawai‘i Island.

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First Hawaiian Monk Seal to Receive a CT Scan Released Back to the Wild After Her Second Round of Rehabilitation
Last updated: August 23, 2019

Hawaiian monk seal RH38 proved to be a complex diagnostic case, one that brought scientists from around the country together, all with the goal to save a member of one of the most endangered marine mammal species in the world.

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California Sea Lions Are the Latest Species Impacted by Changing Ocean Conditions
Last updated: July 8, 2019

With Unusual Mortality Events already declared for gray whales and Guadalupe fur seals, The Marine Mammal Center is now responding to an influx of starving young California sea lions as well as adult sea lions debilitated by domoic acid poisoning.

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The Marine Mammal Center Announces Addition of Cetacean Field Research Program
Last updated: June 1, 2019

The Center is providing a home for the local nonprofit formerly known as Golden Gate Cetacean Research to increase solutions-focused study of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Unusual Mortality Event Declared for Gray Whales as More Stranding Linked to Malnutrition and Ship Strikes
Last updated: May 31, 2019

Researchers say gray whales that started their annual migration underweight this year are more vulnerable to human impacts such as ship strikes, especially in high-traffic areas like San Francisco Bay.

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Superheroes Take Action!
Last updated: March 20, 2019

Thanks to members of the public who call our 24-hour hotline (415-289-SEAL), this harbor seal pup named Aquapup was rescued at Moonstone Beach in San Luis Obispo County.

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It's Pupping Season!
Last updated: March 1, 2019

The first elephant seal pups of the season are starting to arrive at the Center and the sound of elephant seal cackles fills the air. Boyett and Barker still had their black coat when rescued, a sign that they were too young to survive on their own.

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Patient of the Year!
Last updated: February 6, 2019

Your votes have all been tabulated and the results are in. It was a close race between eight amazing patients, but your voice has been heard now. Find out who the winner is!

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Snaggle is now Free!
Last updated: January 9, 2019

This young Guadalupe fur seal was found entangled in fishing gear on a beach in Marin County. He was rescued by The Marine Mammal Center, disentangled, and released back to the ocean.

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Humpback Whale Freed From Deadly Entanglement
Last updated: November 20, 2018

A juvenile humpback whale was freed from entanglement in fishing gear off the coast of Eureka, California. This was accomplished through a collaborative effort by trained responders, including a team from The Marine Mammal Center.

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A Steller Success Story
Last updated: October 31, 2018

Meet Choco, a Steller sea lion pup that was less than a month old when he was rescued on the coast of Northern California. Now he’s learning how to be a wild sea lion at The Marine Mammal Center so he can be released back to the ocean.

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