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is open from 10 AM to 4 PM every day. Admission is free, but donations
Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) is a nonprofit organization
staffed by dedicated volunteers and funded by donations. Its mission
is to: rescue, medically treat and rehabilitate marine mammals that
are stranded along Orange County, California beaches due to injury
or illness; release healthy animals back to their natural habitat;
and increase public awareness of the marine environment through
education and research. Come see us!
Here's a little of what we do:
Unlike whales and dolphins, seals and sea lions don't have to
remain in water in order to survive. The animals beach themselves
to be warm and dry when feeling ill. They seek rest on land for
a variety of reasons and are not always in need of intervention.
Our staff is trained to recognize animals suffering from infections,
malnourishment, pneumonia, gill net strangulation, etc. which can
harm an animal's chance for survival.
a "patient" is admitted, our staff performs all necessary procedures
under the direction and protocols set by the Animal Care Director
and our Veterinary Medical Director. During the course of rehabilitation,
animals require a variety of treatments such as administration of
antibiotics and subcutaneous fluids, tube feeding, force feeding,
wound care, etc. Most animals come in dehydrated and the most effective
means to provide fluids and nourishment is through tube feeding.
The process requires blending of fish, electrolytes, warm water,
vitamins, and medication into a fish formula. This formula is fed
to the animals by inserting a flexible tube into the stomach using
large syringes. As soon as the animals are hydrated and stable,
we wean them to eat whole fish.
an animal has gained an optimal weight and is competing for food,
it's ready for release. Prior to release, each animal is tagged
with an identification number. The color-coded tags indicate the
animal has been rehabilitated and helps identify the specific animal
and care center in case the animal needs care in the future. We
strive to return every one of our patients back to the wild once
their care with us is complete.