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New Generator at MMCC

April 1st, 2016

There have been many facility projects and add-ons at the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) that are exciting to see, visible to the public, and which add new or expanded functionality. This is not one of those projects. That is because a backup generator system – a portable unit with a transfer switch to supply […]

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LA Times Article

March 10th, 2016

Why are so many sea lion pups starving? Scientists find the answer off the Central California coast From http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-starving-sea-lion-pups-20160301-story.html New research blames a lack of nutritious fish off California’s central coast for the rise in starving pups in Southern California. Karen Kaplan, Contact Reporter Government scientists say there’s a simple explanation for the surge in […]

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El Niño Prep – Phase II

January 7th, 2016

MMCC is very happy to report that phase 1 of our El Niño prep is accomplished — mainly one-time costs for items that will help MMCC succeed during the 2016 rain and provide years of future benefits. We installed custom awnings to cover 650 square feet of space where our dedicated staff prepare food and medications, evaluate new patients, and hand-feed animals that […]

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Science Corner – Jughandling

December 2nd, 2015

As this article is being written, the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) has nine Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) pups undergoing rehabilitation. This is a record number of these animals at the facility at the same time. The Northern fur seal population in the Eastern Pacific/Pribilof Islands (Alaska) is designated by the Marine Mammal Protection […]

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MMCC Prepares for Anticipated El Niño

November 5th, 2015

Written by David Bard, Operations Director, Marine Mammal Care Center Every season at the Marine Mammal Care Center carries with it certain challenges in terms of being prepared: Will our initial fish order carry us through the bulk of the busy period, or will we need a supplemental order? Have all the maintenance and repair […]

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Science Corner – Seal Pox

November 5th, 2015

If you’ve ever visited MMCC, you may have noticed animals with marble-sized bumps or lesions on their skin. The lesions are likely the result of seal pox, a DNA virus that can occur in captive, rehabilitating, and free-ranging seals and sea lions. Seal pox (genus Parapoxvirus) is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be […]

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Science Corner – El Niño

October 2nd, 2015

El Niño is generating a lot of press these days. Simply put, an El Niño condition brings unusually warm temperatures to the equatorial Pacific, changing normal weather patterns. It’s opposite, La Niña, brings unusually cool temperatures to the same region. El Niño’s formal name is the El Niño Southern Oscillation or ENSO, for short. The […]

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Science Corner – Vibrissa

September 18th, 2015

Vibrissa. From the Latin “vibrio” meaning to vibrate or move. Vibrissae (plural), commonly called whiskers, are specialized hairs that are often used by mammals as tactile organs. The name whiskers comes from the term “whisking” which describes the movement some mammals employ when using their whiskers. While the whisker itself doesn’t contain any nerves, the […]

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Pinnipeds Go Wild!

September 3rd, 2015

You’re Invited! Visit http://marinemammalcare.org/pinnipedsgowild for more information and to purchase tickets! WHEN– Friday October 9, 2015, 7 pm – 11 pm WHERE– Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach DANCE your flippers off to the Live Music of Andy & Renee ENJOY beer, wine, and appetizer bars by SAVOR BID on fantastic silent […]

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My Day on the Oil Spill

August 2nd, 2015

My Day on the Oil Spill An MMCC Perspective by David Bard The Background I have been affiliated with the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur (MMCC) since 1995: first as a volunteer, next as part-time staff, then (while working at an animal care facility on the east coast) as a supporter, and finally […]

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