Mission: Pacific Marine Mammal Center was established as Friends of the Sea Lion in 1971 with a mission to rescue, medically treat, and rehabilitate pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) and cetaceans (dolphins and whales) that strand along the Orange County coastline due to illness or injury, release healthy marine mammals to their natural habitat, while preserving species diversity, and increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research.
Target demographics: The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration
Geographic areas served: Orange County California Coastline
Programs: The highest quality medical treatment is provided to properly rehabilitate each patient in its care. Injured and sick pinnipeds are treated, fed and rehabilitated prior to being released back into nature. Top of the line medical equipment, staff and facilities are used in the treatment of over 200 animals each year. Educational materials such as classroom supplies, full time educators and literature are provided to educate the public about marine life and the health of our oceans.
This place and organization is such an asset not only to the marine mammals they rehabilitate and coastline ,but also our future generation , educating the community on marine and environmental issues .
I took a break from the corporate world to do some volunteer work for a few months after suffering loses in my family. This is when the passion started and now it has been almost 10 years later and the passion is even stronger. Wild seals and sea lions are incredible creatures and the joy of seeing one be released that was so ill or injured when it arrived is so rewarding. You can make a difference in each animal you help return home. They all can't survive because some do not strand until they are to far gone. For those you can at least aliveate their suffering.