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January 10, 2020 – LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro is at risk of shutting down due to financial problems. The center has been nursing seals and sea lions back to health in Southern California for nearly three decades. Carlos Saucedo reports from San Pedro.

July 11, 2019 – LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)  — Sharks rarely attack humans but scientists have seen an uptick in shark attacks against sea lions and sharks don’t see so good.

Swimmers are being told to be extra vigilant as the weather heats up.

“I think she was lucky,” says Dr. Laura Palmer, veterinarian.

Dr. Palmer shows CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Greg Mills one sea lion that is lucky to be alive as she survived a recent shark attack….. [ READ THE STORY ON ]

July 4th, 2019 – LA Times – Want to get close to gibbons or pythons? Volunteer at one of these L.A. places

… Ruby Kumagai wears rubber waders, boots and gloves to hose down a pen at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. Each year the nonprofit cares for more than 300 sick, injured and stranded seals and sea lions recovered from Los Angeles County beaches. “The first time I came here I couldn’t believe all the barking, and the smell of fish was insane,” she said. “But then this cute ‘ellie’ — an elephant seal pup — made eye contact with me, like it wanted my help. I had to stay.” [ Read the full article Online] [Read it as a PDF]

Volunteer Ruby Kumagai uses a herding board to protect herself when entering enclosures at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

June 21, 2019 – Ventura County Star – Starving pups, sick adult sea lions from Ventura, Santa Barbara beaches fill rescue centers

A wildlife center in Los Angeles was at capacity this week, its facility full of sick sea lions and thin pups.

Meanwhile, in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, a rescue group reported 80 sick sea lions stranded along the coast in just two weeks.

The culprit: a spike in what appears to be domoic acid poisoning in California sea lions. Adding to the patient count, that spike has happened during a fairly normal wave of malnourished sea lion pups showing up.

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June 5, 2019 – Seals and sea lions find a second chance at life in San Pedro

Tucked away off Gaffey Street in San Pedro, you can find a safe haven for dozens of seals and sea lions at Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles.

SAN PEDRO, Calif. (KABC) — Tucked away off Gaffey Street in San Pedro, you can find a safe haven for dozens of seals and sea lions at Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles. [Read More]

April 16, 2019 – University of Iowa – Turning the tide for sick seals

As the attending veterinarian at a marine mammal hospital in Los Angeles, University of Iowa alumna Lauren Palmer aims to rehabilitate and release sick or injured animals—and to help educate humans about the ocean’s ecosystem.

Did you know our veterinarian Lauren Palmer is also a Master’s graduate of the University of Iowa College of Public Health? Check out this wonderful feature produced by the university. We do have an incredible team here at Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles.

March 8, 2019 – LA TIMES – Sick marine mammals turning up on California beaches in droves

The deep blue waters and crashing waves along the coast of California provide a picturesque backdrop to the state’s shores, but the sight has been marred of late.

As winter rains have poured down, trash has flowed onto area beaches. And amid the detritus has been an even more troubling discovery: scores of sickened or dead marine mammals. Read Article Here

March 12, 2019 – CBSLA -A sick baby sea lion washed ashore in Rancho Palos Verdes and now specialists are trying to nurse it and many others back to health- KTLA9
Feb 21, 2019 – Compassionate volunteers are the heart and soul of the Marine Mammal Care Center in Los Angeles. Watch them nurse seals and sea lions back to health on this segment from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Animal Tales.

Audubon Nature Institute / Published on Dec 3, 2018
Audubon Zoo recently welcomed a pair of rescued sea lions from California where the two-year-old females have been recovering from injuries and health problems at the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles (MMCCLA) in San Pedro.

December, 2018 –  This Rehab Center is giving Seals and Sea Lions a Second Chance at Life – HelloGiggles

Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles is a non-profit organization that rescues seals and sea lions that are injured or ill. They will rehabilitate the animal and send them back into the wild. [ Video Link ]


From left to right: Allan Colman (MMCC), Valerie Goodman (MMCC), Barbara Graham (TORC), Brandon Matson (TORC), and Nelson Flaniken (Torrance Logistics Company) (Photo credit: MMCC)

November, 2018 – Torrance Refinery Receives 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Award from Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles

Torrance Refinery has supported MMCC for many years, donating thousands of dollars to the Center each year and organizing employee volunteer activities. In recognition of the Refinery’s on-going philanthropy and support, MMCC presented Torrance Refinery with the 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Award during the organization’s Annual Gala on October 13, 2018. During the event, the Refinery surprised the Center with an additional $2,500 donation to fund needed ultrasound equipment the facility. [Read More]


November 17, 2018 – This Dolphin Was Shot To Death In Manhattan Beach, California

“Wallerstein took the dolphin to be checked at the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles, where a veterinarian did a radiograph and verified it was a bullet. Jeff Cozad, executive director of the center, confirmed a necropsy, an autopsy of an animal, was performed on the dolphin…” []


October 21, 2018 – Rescuers save entangled sea lions – Orange County Register

Remote chemical immobilization training was recently conducted which included specialists from throughout the California stranding network with representatives from Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles, NOAA-NMFS, Sea World, San Diego, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna, CA, Marine Animal Rescue Los Angeles and The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA.

The goal was to share state of the art darting and monitoring techniques that are unique to marine mammals in their natural aquatic habitat and to improve training and readiness to respond to severely entangled animals with life threatening injuries. Training was conducted in the classroom at Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles and on the water in Newport Harbor. No animals were actually darted or disturbed during this training.

See the video & read the rest of the article here

Published on Oct 18, 2018 – Watch THIS WEEK IN TORRANCE with anchor Ben McCain

MMCC LA social responsibility award given to Torrance Refinery at our 2018 Gala

September 6, 2018- Sea lion found wandering at Port of LA released in San Pedro waters

Longshoreman Carlos Gutierrez, 52, had just gotten off work when he spotted the animal that appeared disoriented and was in danger being so close to traffic.

He called for help and Peter Wallerstein, who has made a 30-plus year career out of rescuing stranded and distressed marine life along the Southern California coast, arrived.

Daily Breeze

August 16, 2018 – Despite the barks and bustle, Palos Verdes Estates resident loves volunteering amid the seals, sea lions

Daily Breeze

August 7, 2018 – PV Neighbors: Ruby Kumagai learns life lessons caring for seals and sea lions

“When they explained what we’d be doing with the animals,” she said, “I didn’t think I could handle it. I was going to walk out when I noticed this elephant seal pup peeking at me with his big brown eyes. He was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. He just kept looking at me and that was it.”

July 25, 2018 – San Pedro longshoreman, veterinarian to the rescue of stranded sea lion spotted on Terminal Island street

“Lauren Palmer, a veterinarian at the Marine Mammal Care Center, said so far the prognosis looks good.

“He was very dehydrated, very lethargic and had a deep cough,” she said, diagnosing the animal with a respiratory ailment, possibly pneumonia, and malnourishment…….” Read more at the link below.


Jun 27, 2018 – Seal Day Live on KTLA Weekend Morning News


Jun 6, 2018 – Kind Traveler & MMCC LA – Exclusive rates on hotels just for being kind? Yes, it’s possible!

I recently traveled to Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California with Kind Traveler: a give + get hotel booking platform that gives you discounts on hotel stays when you make a $10 nightly donation to one of its partner charities. With Kind Traveler, you can donate to any charity on the site, however it’s more fun to give back to an organization located in the destination you’re visiting. In the case of Terranea Resort, the Marine Mammal Care Center is just 15 minutes away. The center rehabilitates injured or sick seals and sea lions then returns them back to the wild.

A $10 donation to Kind Traveler helps feed a seal for an entire day; seals can eat between 10 – 18 lbs of food per day!

If ocean conservation is your jam, World Oceans Day is coming up June 8 and Terranea is holding a special event Saturday June 9 to celebrate the sea. Guests can participate in a kelp forest clean up kayaking tour (like the one in the video), a guided nature walk, or create an ocean-themed art project.

Representatives from the Marine Mammal Care Center will also be on-site to teach you about how you can help seals. Want more feed good videos? Need ideas on how to help others?


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 May 25, 2018: Press Release: 26th Annual Seal Day Coming to San Pedro June 24th

(May 25, 2018 San Pedro, CA) If you haven’t been to Los Angeles County’s year-round sea lion hospital, Seal Day is the day that you will want to visit! Seal Day festivities will feature outdoor animal viewing, live music, food trucks, games for kids and dozens of booths from a wide range of community organizations. For fans of comic and anime, grab your friends, craft your cosplay and experience the new comic and anime pavilion! Seal Day is happening at Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 24th.

2018 Seal Day 2018 Press Release

May 16, 2018 – Trips + Giggles Favorite Places: Marine Mammal Care Center of Los Angeles

Sea lions, harbor seals, and elephant seals, oh my!

May 18, 2018 – Rehabilitated sea lions returned to the ocean

May 17, 2018 -Los Angeles Port Police Helps Return Seal Lion Pups to Natural Habitat

On Wednesday May 16th, the Los Angeles Port Police and the Los Angeles Police Department provided vessels for the Marine Mammal Care Center staff and the media to board and release four California Sea Lion pups, while several additional pups were released on a nearby beach simultaneously. The pups, who were all about one year of age, had undergone treatment at the Marine Mammal Care Center for malnourishment prior to being released back in to ocean.

Rehabilitated sea lions returned to the ocean off San Pedro

Daily Breeze- Rehabilitated sea lions returned to the ocean off San Pedro

ABC 7 – LA police officers help release seals into ocean in San Pedro

KNBC 4 – Seals and Sea Lions Exit Rehab and Go Back to the Sea

KCBS 2 – Rescued Sea Lions, Seals Get LAPD Escort Back Home

Port of Los Angeles on You Tube

When California sea lions become sick, injured, or malnourished, the Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles in San Pedro treats these animals before returning them to the sea. The Los Angeles Port Police was happy to assist in this effort on May 16, when a group of one-year-old pups were released back into the water just outside of the Port of Los Angeles breakwater.

LAPD HQ on Twitter ( @LAPDHQ ) 

Here it is….the big moment!! Watching these beautiful animals return home was very special and we saw tears of joy from those onboard. This was such an honor and we’re glad we could bring this special moment to all of you

KNX 1070 News Radio – LAPD and LA Port Police Join Forces to Release Seals and Sea Lions back into the Wild

Animal Planet –  Wild Jobs

Animal Planet’s Wild Jobs reporter, John Griffith joins Lauren Palmer and her staff as they rescue and rehabilitate California sea lions. Griff’s first task is to assist MMCC LA

Sea Lion in Distress | Wild Jobs

Sea Lion Visits Rolling Hills Estates


Los Angeles Police S.W.A.T. Tactical Waterborne Unit and Port Police Escort Release Rehabilitated Seals and Seal Lions Back to the Sea

LAPD and The Seal Lion Hospital May 16 Release Event

KTLA 360 Video: The Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles

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