Seeing Seals Saved By The Seashore

Seeing Seals Saved By The Seashore

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We humans feel a kinship to marine mammals: Porpoises, dolphins, whales, seals, sea lions.

They’re a bit like us: Talkative, social,  solitary, inquisitive, active, and some times lazy beach bums.

And like us, they’re smart.

And like us, sometimes they become ill or are injured and need help.

Which is when we help them, just like we help each other. And just like we do with our human relatives, we visit them when they are in the hospital.

The Marine Mammal Center, located in the Marin Headlands section of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just north across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, and west of the city of Sausalito, California

“is a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions.”

This the prime time of year to visit TMMC because it is when the largest number of marine mammals have been rescued and are undergoing treatment and rehabilitation there.

During your visit, you may have a chance to see researchers working the the Center’s laboratory, “fishy milkshakes” for the “patients” being concocted in the kitchen, and hear and watch these plump critters in the outdoor “hospital ward.”

When you visit The Marine Mammal Center, you can tour the facility on your own, or better yet, go on a guided tour. Group tours are offered, and TMMC also holds special events and holds summer camps for kids.

There are no food service facilities at The Marine Mammal Center or in the Marin Headlands of the GGNRA, but you can pack a lunch and enjoy it on the beach or while hiking in the area.

Looking South Above Rodeo Lagoon

TMMC’s goal, of course, is to return as many rescued animals back to their home in and around California’s Pacific Ocean coastland.

Beached Boys

Elephant seals are often released about an hour’s drive north of The Marine Mammal Center, near Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore, where you are likely to find them sleeping on the beach in late winter and early spring.

(The Marine Mammal Center is constructing a new rescue and rehabilitation facility on “The Big Island” of Hawaii to help save the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal. You can support TMMC’s work by becoming a member, making a donation, or being a “parent” through the “Adopt-A-Seal®” program. Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, and his wife, Cindy, who is TMMC volunteer, have done all three.)

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