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Pacific Marine Mammal Center- rescuing sick and injured marine mammals since 1971!
Article provided by Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Just off the 133 on your way into Laguna Beach sits an old red barn that houses anything but the expected domestic farm animal. What you will hear instead of a traditional "moo" or "oink" is the unforgettable bark of a California sea lion, or even the distinctive bawl of a Northern elephant seal. This unique place called the Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit rescue and rehabilitation facility for sick and injured marine mammals. The organization takes care of seals and sea lions until they are well enough to be released back home into the ocean, and aims to increase public awareness of the marine environment through educational programs and research. This center, which has been at the forefront of marine mammal care since 1971, offers a unique chance for visitors to see up close some of its current patients and learn about how these animals came to be in their care. PMMC is open everyday to the public for free, from 10AM- 4PM. Because Pacific Marine Mammal Center is the ONLY center in Orange County licensed to rescue and care for wild marine mammals, they often have a large patient load. Currently PMMC treats over 250 animals a year that are in need of medical attention.

Not only does PMMC offer a unique opportunity to see wild marine mammals up close, they also have an abundance of educational programs to teach children and members of the public about these magnificent animals. The programs offered range from badge programs for Girl Scout and Brownie troops to school field trips where students will receive a tour of the facility and a slide show presentation of PMMC's typical patients. In the summer, PMMC offers the extremely popular "Camp Pinniped" which consists of 7 week-long sessions for children ages 8-12 to learn about marine mammals. Each day covers a new topic, and the session ends with a visit to a local beach. To learn more please visit www.pacificmmc.org

Stop by Pacific Marine Mammal Center today to see some of their current patients and learn about what you can do to help them!

 

 

 

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