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By Jamie Rowe | December 22, 2010
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is 4 feet underwater, however all patients are doing fine and have been evacuated to the Fort MacArthur Animal Care Center in Long Beach until further notice, according to a release from the center. For safety reasons, no one is being allowed access to the center. "Once we have been  given clearance  to return to the center, we will send an update report to you as soon as possible," wrote Melissa L. Sciacca, director of development/marketing for the center.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | June 9, 2011
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach last week rescued an elephant seal pup in Seal Beach, which SeaWorld had rehabilitated. Melissa Sciacca, director of development and marketing at the center, said the incident wasn't cause for concern. The seal, named Safari, was found weighing 92 pounds at 5 months old, and was described as lethargic, with feathers in his mouth. The center is investigating what caused Safari to become stranded. A tag designated the pup as coming from SeaWorld San Diego, according to Sciacca.
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By Dan Beighley | April 21, 2006
A naturally occurring outbreak of acid in the ocean has landed 15 female sea lions in the Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. A total of 31 domoic acid cases have been handled by the center in under four months this year, compared with a total of 23 last year, said Emily Wing, director of development and marketing for the organization. Seven sea lions were brought in on Saturday alone. Domoic acid is a neurotoxin caused by an algae bloom. Sea lions acquire the toxins from eating fish that feed on domoic acid-carrying plankton.
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October 20, 2006
Two of our stories this week prove that good works come in all shapes and sizes — on land and by sea. The Marine Mammal Center is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and the Assistance League is marking 30 years of its Early Intervention Program for developmentally delayed infants. Both programs sprung up out of an unmet need and have made significant contributions to the local community and beyond. The Marine Mammal Center started out on a volunteer basis, with one man rescuing injured sea lions and other mammals and nursing them in backyard swimming pools.
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July 11, 2003
The Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot went to the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center and asked Camp Pinniped participants a question suggested by the counselors, 'Besides the best counselors and the coolest animals, what's your favorite part of Camp Pinniped?' "I like downstairs time, we have jobs every day, we feed the animals, clean make fish smoothies for some of the animals -- that's my favorite thing to do." COREY FIACCO, 8 "Just being able to walk around and have projects that the counselors give us."
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May 3, 2002
Crescent Bay: A child was reported burned by coals left on the beach and escorted to UCI Medical Center at 3:51 p.m., Wednesday. Crescent Bay Park: A sick-looking sea lion was reported at 7:35 p.m., Sunday. Fisherman's Cove: A man was arrested for maliciously knocking over a port-a-potty at 9:35 a.m., Wednesday. Glenneyre: A women in a white Honda was arrested for driving under the influence at 10:29 p.m., Sunday. Irvine Cove: An injured sea lion was reported at 12:17 p.m., Sunday.
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By: Patrick Staley | October 7, 2005
Duchess, a northern fur seal who was found wounded in Huntington Beach, was released into her natural habitat Sunday in the Channel Islands. The fur seal -- rare in these waters -- was rushed to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach on Aug. 17. When she arrived, Duchess was severely dehydrated, emaciated and had a long gash on her rear left flipper. Officials at the nonprofit animal rescue center did not know how the Alaska native got so far south.
NEWS
July 11, 2003
GETTING INVOLVED runs periodically in the Coastline Pilot. If you'd like information about getting your organization listed, call (949) 494-4321. Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach provides sports, homework, arts and crafts and mentoring services for children of all ages. Information: Kim Maxwell, (949) 494-2535. Bridge Learning Center for Homeless Children Inc. is seeking mentors to talk to children living in this transitional shelter to improve their self-esteem, President Howard Levin said.
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By Cherril Doty | July 9, 2010
If the boulders are moved, even a river will change its flow. — Deng Ming-Dao Are you in a rut? Has the heavy wet air got you down? The only thing to do in this case is to break out; to do something different…move those boulders and change the flow of your life. On the first day of July, heavy myself in the early morning hours with the weight of the many gray days, I dragged out of bed at my usual early hour. Sure, the birds were singing. Crows were cawing with their loud and impressive voices.
NEWS
August 9, 2002
The beach has been a place of fun and learning this summer thanks to the Friends of the Sea Lion and El Morro Village. Patty Humphreys Waters, director of development at Friends of the Sea Lion and coordinator for the event, explained it is part of the group's outreach program and gives an ocean and marine life experience to children who might not normally get such an opportunity. "This event brings less fortunate children and adults to the beach for educational and fun beach-related activities," Humphreys Waters said.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 9, 2014
Whizzing drills and pounding hammers have mostly replaced yelping sea lions these days at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Staff and volunteers who help rehabilitate sick and injured pinnipeds were caring for only three sea lions the first week of the new year, a far cry from the hundreds in the first half of 2013. The Laguna Canyon Road center is embarking on an expansion that will add a new intensive care unit, public restroom, multipurpose room and an observation deck. Crews have been putting down roofing shingles, painting outdoor trim and preparing to install drywall.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 11, 2013
A trend of sea lion pups becoming malnourished along the Orange County coast has led to an uptick in the number of animals admitted to a local marine mammal center, according to experts. As of Monday, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Laguna Canyon Road is caring for 38 sea lions, up from six in January 2012, said Melissa Sciacca, the center's director of development. Ten of those 38 animals were delivered from another marine life center. All of the sea lions are pups between six to seven months old that are trying to wean from their mothers, Sciacca said.
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By Britney Barnes | November 27, 2012
Only in Laguna do carolers compete with the sounds of the waves, children sit on Santa's lap as the sun sets over the Pacific and holiday-goers need nothing more than a light sweater in the snow. Montage Laguna Beach celebrated its third annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Community Open House on Monday evening with live music, warm drinks and, of course, a visit from Santa. "I thought it was beautiful - a California Christmas," said Laura Orlich, of Tucson, who was visiting family.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | August 4, 2011
Forty years ago, John Cunningham and Jim Stauffer opened Friends of the Sea Lion for a simple reason: They were running out of space. Stauffer and Cunningham, both Laguna Beach lifeguards at the time, were rescuing sea lions and putting them in Stauffer's backyard. They built a pool, fed the mammals and nursed them back to health. Decades later, Friends of the Sea Lion, which is now called the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, is the main marine rescue facility in Orange County.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | June 9, 2011
Game show veteran Bob Barker came to the Pacific Mammal Center on Wednesday to celebrate the official reopening of its visitor's center and release a seal — aptly named Barker — back into the wild. "I must confess that the most exciting thing is Barker," he told the crowd, referring to his namesake seal. "I was astounded at the family resemblance. I have relatives that look a great deal like her. " The price couldn't have been more right when Barker donated $250,000 to the Pacific Mammal Center earlier this year, allowing the center to reopen its doors after the December floods ravaged it. The center is the only rescue center in Orange County for marine mammals.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | June 9, 2011
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach last week rescued an elephant seal pup in Seal Beach, which SeaWorld had rehabilitated. Melissa Sciacca, director of development and marketing at the center, said the incident wasn't cause for concern. The seal, named Safari, was found weighing 92 pounds at 5 months old, and was described as lethargic, with feathers in his mouth. The center is investigating what caused Safari to become stranded. A tag designated the pup as coming from SeaWorld San Diego, according to Sciacca.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | May 5, 2011
Laguna local Arno Chauvel has lost his battle with bone cancer. His friend, Joe Ferguson, set up a blog for Chauvel in March, when he was first admitted to the hospital. Since then, memories and photographs have flooded the site, revealing a man with a passion for life and travel, and a happy marriage with Suzi Chauvel. He died April 19 at age 60. Arno Chauvel was born Oct. 8, 1950, in Tulare, Calif. He met his wife while at the University of the Pacific, where he received a doctorate in pharmacology, according to his sister-in-law.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | January 13, 2011
Former TV game show host and animal rights activist Bob Barker has pledged a $250,000 donation to help the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach recover from a devastating Dec. 22 flood. Barker is the former host of "The Price is Right," and has contributed to anti-whaling efforts and other animal advocacy groups. The center was inundated early on Dec. 22 when Laguna Creek overflowed during an intense downpour following six days of precipitation. Three marine mammals — a sea lion and two elephant seals — were rescued after waters in the barn in which they were placed rose to about four feet in depth.
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By Jamie Rowe | December 22, 2010
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is 4 feet underwater, however all patients are doing fine and have been evacuated to the Fort MacArthur Animal Care Center in Long Beach until further notice, according to a release from the center. For safety reasons, no one is being allowed access to the center. "Once we have been  given clearance  to return to the center, we will send an update report to you as soon as possible," wrote Melissa L. Sciacca, director of development/marketing for the center.
NEWS
By Cherril Doty | July 9, 2010
If the boulders are moved, even a river will change its flow. — Deng Ming-Dao Are you in a rut? Has the heavy wet air got you down? The only thing to do in this case is to break out; to do something different…move those boulders and change the flow of your life. On the first day of July, heavy myself in the early morning hours with the weight of the many gray days, I dragged out of bed at my usual early hour. Sure, the birds were singing. Crows were cawing with their loud and impressive voices.
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