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Lending a Helping Hand - Caring for Sea Lions 

Lending a Helping Hand:
Caring Together for Sea Lions

June 16, 2016

Written by: Anslee Schroeder, Digital Engagement

California coasts are known for their pristine beaches and awe inspiring marine wildlife. However, what some may not know is that this marine wildlife, specifically marine mammals, is in danger. In the first months of 2016 alone, the West Coast experienced an unprecedented amount of sea lion and seal pup strandings as part of an unusual mortality event (UME). Record-breaking numbers of California sea lion pups and seals were found stranded along California beaches and even residential areas. Thankfully, California contains six marine mammal rehabilitation centers dedicated to rescuing these stranded pinnipeds.

Of these six centers, we were fortunate to send four Georgia Aquarium team members on three different occasions to The Marine Mammal Center in Fort MacArthur in San Pedro and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. Aquarium team members assisted with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of various marine mammals. Below is the story of two Aquarium staff members’ time at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC).

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Charlie the Penguin Turns 30

Happy 30th Birthday, Charlie!

June 14, 2016

Written by: Anslee Schroeder, Digital Engagement

“Wow, Charlie” is right! Help us wish our oldest resident African penguin, Charlie, a very happy 30th birthday! Earlier today he celebrated with a special and enriching ice cake garnished with some of his favorite snacks, silversides. Fellow feathered friends even joined in on the celebration and came dressed in their best tuxedos.

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World Oceans Day 2016

Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet:
How We’re Doing our Part for World Oceans Day

June 8, 2016

Written by: Hannah Rushing, Digital Production Coordinator

Even in our landlocked city of Atlanta, the ocean affects our entire planet by providing oxygen, homes for millions of animals and food for people around the world. This year’s World Oceans Day theme, “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet,” reflects the crucial importance of protecting our seas, and the responsibility we as humans have to protect them. As we join thousands of organizations and individuals around the world to celebrate this annual event, we’re looking back on some of our research and conservation initiatives, and looking forward to a healthy ocean habitat for marine life everywhere.

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