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).