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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.
February 5, 2010
Auction 100 is Saturday at museum Laguna Art Museum?s Auction 100 features 100 works of art from 100 premier California artists in a live and silent auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Art may be previewed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through today at the museum or at . Any works unsold will be available for sale in a post-auction Sunday. Auction 100 is a fundraiser benefiting the education and exhibition programs at Laguna Art Museum.
By Liyna Anwar | July 10, 2009
Marine mammal experts may have realized why a large number of seals and sea lions are coming ashore weak and malnourished. The mammals are having a hard time catching fish due to a slight increase in the temperature of the ocean, said Dr. Richard Evans, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center veterinarian and medical director. Experts are predicting an El Niño/La Niña weather pattern will begin to arrive through August, with higher global ocean temperatures already evident, according to data from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 15, 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.
By Jim Larkins | December 9, 2008
For the past 19 years, Michele Hunter has been Orange County’s unofficial pinniped matriarch. As the director of operations/animal care for Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Hunter oversees the rescue and rehabilitation of dozens of distressed seals and sea lions each year. Under Hunter’s direction, about 70 animal care volunteers and 10 education volunteers retrieve sick and injured aquatic mammals along a 42-mile strip of coastline that runs from the shores of Seal Beach to the cliffs of San Onofre.
By Barbara Diamond | November 7, 2008
The Marine Mammal Center on Laguna Canyon Road has rescued and cared for 166 seals and sea lions so far this year. It takes money, and a chunk of it was raised at the third annual Marine Mammal Masquerade on Sunday at Mozambique restaurant. An estimated $67,000 raised at the masquerade will help provide medical care for marine mammals like Skippy , a Pacific Harbor Seal, rescued May 8, weighing 21 pounds and released back into the ocean Sept. 25, weighing 77 pounds — or Moonbeam , a Northern elephant seal that weighed 58 pounds when rescued March 19 and 261 pounds when released Sept.
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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