Marine Mammal Center: 40 years of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Research

by Maya De La Rosa Cohen April 19, 2016

Marine Mammal Center: 40 years of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Research

Photo by Ingrid Overgard © The Marine Mammal Center

Last year, a sea lion was found wounded and entangled in gillnets and derelict fishing equipment off the coast of Mexico. Her situation was not uncommon - sea lions and other marine mammals often get caught and injured in abandoned human materials, which can easily become a serious threat to their lives and communities.


With the help of Autodesk, a pioneering design firm that added an acoustic tracking device to their rescue gear, and local organizations in Mexico that aided in the search and rescue, The Marine Mammal Center was able to track the wounded sea lion, safely sedate her to bring her aboard and remove the life-threatening entanglements, treat her wounds and then release her back into the waters. Later that week, the rescue team spotted the same sea lion, whom they had named Calafia after a mythical warrior queen, nursing a young pup. Calafia was a mother - and they hadn’t just saved her life, but the life of her pup as well.  

Photo by Conner Jay © The Marine Mammal Center

 In the forty years since its inception, The Marine Mammal Center has treated over 20,000 patients like Calafia. Driven by science, the Center’s main veterinary hospital rescues thousands of animals each year, and their research teams contribute to over 40% of the nation’s marine mammal literature. Their efforts are paramount to the preservation of marine mammal life and the education and understanding of our oceans.


THE FACTS:

  • Marine Mammal Center loves their volunteers, who donated 170,000 hours of their time in 2015, an estimated value of $4.5 million dollars.
  • The 2015 “Tsunami” of stranded sea lions helped mark the most rescues in Marine Mammal Center history.
  • Many rescued animals suffer from starvation - a result of warm waters and lack of fish.
  • This year’s “El Niño” might be the warmest year ever recorded in our history.

Unfortunately, entanglements and the wounds they afflict aren’t the only dangers facing marine life. Increasingly warm waters have already had a drastic effect on the number of stranded and starving animals, and climatologists indicate that the temperatures will continue to rise, having an even bigger impact on their endangerment.


That’s why The Marine Mammal Center is dedicated to growing their efforts and using the next forty years to become the biggest, boldest and most impactful organization possible. They plan to continue their vital research and teaching hospital, expand their existing satellite facilities to encompass treatment, and spread awareness about the conservation of our oceans. Their plan is to create a ‘blueprint’ for ocean health while serving as the one of leading organizations working for its preservation.


FGS&Co. recognizes the importance in protecting our oceans and marine mammal life. Now more than ever, the health of marine life is providing an important barometer for the health of our oceans and the world they lie in. Let’s work together to ensure that marine mammals keep thriving so that our children’s children can continue to see and love them --  not just in history books of things gone and past.


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Marine Mammal Center

Photo by Ingrid Overgard © The Marine Mammal Center

Want to learn more about The Marine Mammal Center? Visit marinemammalcenter.org.





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