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By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 12, 2009
Larger than normal numbers of sea lions and seals are turning up on Orange County beaches, causing the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach to take in record-breaking numbers of animals in need of medical attention. There is no known reason for the additional strandings. So far this year, the center has treated more than 172 animals, which is 15 less than the entire number treated in 2008. The center is packed to the gills with mammals in need of attention that are filling every available space, including makeshift pens in labs and along hallways.
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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 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 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 | 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.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
About 100 community members attended Saturday's open house to celebrate the Pacific Marine Mammal Center's remodel project, center Development Director Melissa Sciacca reported in an email. The Laguna Canyon center, whose staff rescues and rehabilitates sick and injured marine mammals such as sea lions, has a new intensive care unit, public restroom, multipurpose room, gift shop and an observation deck.
NEWS
May 6, 2005
Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) will receive a $20,000 gift from the Royal Caribbean International/Celebrity Cruises Ocean Fund grant. The funding is earmarked for renovations to the Center's marine mammal pools and enclosures. "We are touched and honored to have been chosen as the recipient of such a generous gift and we are grateful the Ocean Fund selected us as an award beneficiary. The Ocean Fund's dedication to philanthropy will facilitate a lasting influence on the health of the marine environment," said Emily Wing, PMMC director of development and marketing.
NEWS
December 5, 2003
SUZIE HARRISON It's a weekend to get out in the brisk air to experience a bit of Laguna hospitality. You can also join a party designed to raise funds for marine mammals in need. There's wreaths to bid on in support of Laguna Shanti and an open studio event to attend where art and artists abound. HOSPITALITY NIGHT ROCKS I dig Hospitality Night. It spells community in glowing lights. I would be hard pressed to say what my favorite part of the festivities are. I like Santa riding in a fire truck to City Hall and the lighting of the Pepper Tree.
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