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April 16, 2004
Suzie Harrison Rehabilitated sea lions aren't the only things to be released by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center these days. A film, chronicling two sea lions from rescue to healthy status will be released at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Saturday. "Channel Islands Adventure," by Rio Films, delves into the sea lions' world, capturing their personality, nature and the social relationships they share with each other. Producer and director Alan De Herrera has a close relationship with the Laguna Beach center, which is the largest marine mammal rescue center on the West Coast.
By Joanna Clay, | 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.
By Cindy Frazier, | 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.
By BARBARA DIAMOND | December 21, 2006
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is pooling its resources to improve facilities for ailing or injured sea creatures brought there to recover. Four new pools are under construction, expected to be completed by the end of January. On Monday, representatives of the California Daughters of the American Revolution presented center officials with a check for $5,000 to help fund the project and educational programs. "The DAR always has a conservation project," said state Regent Anne Lampman . "As state regent, I get to pick the project.
By Candice Baker | July 27, 2007
In a small building in a corner of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center property on Laguna Canyon Road, several boys clustered around a large, plush pinniped. Pinnipeds — the suborder of large marine mammals that includes walruses, sea lions and the different types of seals—are the name of the game this summer at the center, which is holding yet another season of its runaway hit, Camp Pinniped. The week-long summer camp teaches kids all about the center, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases stranded or injured sea lions, harbor seals and elephant seals.
By Josh Aden | January 26, 2007
An increasing number of California sea lion pup barks echo across Laguna Canyon's walls signifying Pacific Marine Mammal Center's busy season is in full swing. The center is now the temporary home of eight sea lion pups that came ashore across Orange County either sick or starving. "Our goal is essentially to make sure these animals are safe and the general public is safe when they show up on the beach. They are wild," said Emily Wing, the center's director of development and marketing.
By Ashley Breeding | March 27, 2008
Laguna Beach’s favorite sea lion will soon bid farewell — and he’s going first-class. Nick, a 10-month-old sea lion rescued by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center last June, is moving to the Denver Zoo March 31. The pup was found June 17 on Seal Rock in North Laguna. He’d been abandoned on the beach at birth, his umbilical cord still attached. Caretakers speculate he was a day or two old at the time he was found. Michele Hunter, director of operations and animal care at the center, who has been Nick’s surrogate “mom” since his arrival nearly a year ago, is saddened to see him leave.
By Candice Baker | October 20, 2006
Outside a tall red barn, a diminutive harbor seal, Peeps, flops in and out of a blue wading pool, anxiously awaiting a handful of herring. Peeps was rescued from Point Mugu in Ventura County on Easter Sunday — hence his name. At only 16 pounds and about one week old when he was rescued, Peeps is the smallest of the pack of harbor seals currently housed at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Canyon. A little more than six months later, his new habitat is preparing to celebrate its 35th anniversary with a Marine Mammal Masquerade on Oct. 29. The gala, to be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Mozambique, will feature live music, South African cuisine, live auctions and festive masks.
By Sarah Noone | June 20, 2008
The jawbone of the blue whale is the largest such bone on earth, yet it is also very fragile. That is what drove 14-year-old Matthew Hulley to embark on a major project to protect a set of bones at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. After a regular family trip to the center, Matthew noticed that what first looked like slabs of concrete and a piece of driftwood lying against a chain link fence were actually a blue whale’s vertebrates and jaw bone. It was in that moment the Aliso Viejo middle school student decided to create a whale bone exhibit for the center as his Eagle Scout Project.
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