Marine Mammal Care Center
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New Generator at MMCC

New Generator at MMCC
There have been many facility projects and add-ons at the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) that are exciting to see, visible to the public, and which add new or expanded functionality.
This is not one of those projects.
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LA Times Article

Why are so many sea lion pups starving? Scientists find the answer off the Central California coast

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El Niño Prep - Phase II

El Niño Prep - Phase II
MMCC is very happy to report that phase 1 of our El Niño prep is accomplished -- mainly one-time costs for items that will help MMCC succeed during the 2016 rain and provide years of future benefits. We installed custom awnings to cover 650 square feet of space where our dedicated staff prepare food and medications, evaluate new patients, and hand-feed animals that require special attention. We installed new roof drains to direct water away from animal care areas. We built numerous new shelter houses and pallets for seals and sea lions to stay dry and warm when it is best that they are not in water. And, we installed a sophisticated electrical panel for an emergency generator to provide electricity during a power outage. All told, this cost nearly $30,000 - money well spent.

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Science Corner - Jughandling

As this article is being written, the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) has nine Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) pups undergoing rehabilitation. This is a record number of these animals at the facility at the same time.

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MMCC Prepares for Anticipated El Niño

MMCC Prepares for Anticipated El Niño
Written by David Bard, Operations Director, Marine Mammal Care Center

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Science Corner - Seal Pox

If you’ve ever visited MMCC, you may have noticed animals with marble-sized bumps or lesions on their skin. The lesions are likely the result of seal pox, a DNA virus that can occur in captive, rehabilitating, and free-ranging seals and sea lions. Seal pox (genus Parapoxvirus) is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be transmitted between species. Because it is zoonotic, precautions to prevent exposure should be taken by humans handling and working in close contact with infected animals.

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Science Corner - El Niño

El Niño is generating a lot of press these days. Simply put, an El Niño condition brings unusually warm temperatures to the equatorial Pacific, changing normal weather patterns. It’s opposite, La Niña, brings unusually cool temperatures to the same region.

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Science Corner - Vibrissa

Vibrissa. From the Latin "vibrio" meaning to vibrate or move. Vibrissae (plural), commonly called whiskers, are specialized hairs that are often used by mammals as tactile organs. The name whiskers comes from the term “whisking” which describes the movement some mammals employ when using their whiskers. While the whisker itself doesn’t contain any nerves, the follicle in which the whisker “sits” is filled with many sensory nerves. Some pinniped vibrissae may have up to ten times more sensory nerves than vibrissae of terrestrial mammals.

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Pinnipeds Go Wild!

Pinnipeds Go Wild!
You're Invited! Visit http://marinemammalcare.org/pinnipedsgowild for more information and to purchase tickets!

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My Day on the Oil Spill

My Day on the Oil Spill

My Day on the Oil Spill


An MMCC Perspective by David Bard

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Introducing … Community Internships       

Introducing … Community Internships       
Marine Mammal Care Center is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of our first season offering a limited number of paid Community Internship Opportunities.  This pilot program, made possible through grants from the Port of Los Angeles and the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, is designed to both meet personnel needs for the facility – which continues to face unprecedented animal numbers, taking in nearly 600 patients annually – and to create opportunities for individuals within the harbor communities to gain experience in the field.

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Chris Huff interacts with MMCC Visitors

I’ve worked as an animal care volunteer at the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) for four years. As much as I like working with the animals, something I take particular pleasure in is talking with visitors at the fence. Call it outreach, if you will.

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Greetings

Greetings.  I'm Jeff, the 2015 board president of MAR3INE. For more than 20 years, MAR3INE has raised money to support the only year round animal hospital for seals and sea lions in Los Angeles County.  Located just above the ocean in San Pedro, the Marine Mammal Care Center is a 24/7 marine mammal hospital that helps more than 500 stranded seals and sea lions annually rehabilitate from malnutrition, injuries or illness, all toward the goal of releasing these elegant mammals back into their ocean habitat.

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