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Onsite Filming & Photography

The Marine Mammal Center’s mission extends to all members of the media. The Center is generally not available for commercial filming unrelated to our nonprofit mission. Requests to film and photograph at the Center will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Taking photos or video onsite for commercial purposes, including for stock images, advertising and merchandise, is prohibited without prior authorization from the Public Relations department.

If you want to film at the Center, please email us at for more information. NOTE: We require at least two weeks' advance notice to accommodate most filming requests.

We are rarely able to accommodate requests to shoot pilot TV programs, student films or unsold documentaries or films. We do not provide use of Center-owned images for stock photography purposes.

Location Fees
Special photo and filming requests require extra staff time and interrupt routine operations; fees are charged to offset these costs.

View our Location Fees

Onsite Media Etiquette

  • The Center’s number one priority is the safety of its staff, volunteers and patients.
  • All media will have a Center escort through duration of visit.
  • Reporters, photographers and videographers must obey all onsite safety guidelines, including but not limited to:
    • The patient’s needs come first.
    • The Center reserves the right to limit or exclude the use of its patients.
    • Animals cannot be manipulated or moved for media purposes.
    • Staff is there to care for the animals and cannot set up specific shots on the fly.
    • Customized images must be pre-arranged and may not always be possible.
    • Behind-the-scenes footage requires advanced authorization and is directed by Center staff.

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