Marine Mammal Care Center
Los Angeles

MMCC has been rehabilitating marine mammals rescued
from the LA County coastline since 1992.


Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles (MMCC) MMCC opened in 1992, with the Foundation for Marine Animal Husbandry (FMAH), a Florida 501(c)(3) entity, providing financial and operational support. In September 2016, Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles, a California 501(c)(3) entity took over operation of the MMCC facility. The facility is located on Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) property.


MMCC LA is a hospital for sick and injured marine mammals that are stranded along the Los Angeles County coastline. Located in San Pedro, MMCC primarily treats and releases rescued California sea lions, northern elephant seals, Pacific harbor seals, and northern fur seals.


Our staff and volunteers care for a variety of patients including: California Sea Lions; Northern Elephant Seals; Pacific Harbor Seals; Northern Fur Seals; and Guadalupe Fur Seals. This work is authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

In addition to providing treatment for LA County’s stranded marine mammals, MMCC has a multi-faceted educational program. The Center for Marine Studies (CFMS) operating in conjunction with LAUSD, educates students, teachers, and the general public about marine science and the animals cared for at our facility. Together, MMCC and CFMS increase public awareness on various environmental issues, and the importance of ocean conservation, through outreach activities and educational tours.

MMCC also collaborates with scientists from around the country to conduct non-invasive research. Currently the only year round marine mammal rehabilitation facility in Los Angeles County, MMCC is one of the busiest in the country, on average admitting 500 patients per year.


MMCC is part of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN), along with 36 other wildlife rehabilitation organizations statewide and is one of the primary care facilities. In the case of an oil spill within the Los Angeles or Ventura County area, MMCC would be involved in the wildlife response by stabilizing, washing, and caring for any marine mammal exposed to petroleum products in their environment, working under the Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR).