Seattle Aquarium bird and mammal team members Julie Carpenter and Mariko Bushcamp recently traveled to The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California to assist in the care and rehabilitation of sick and injured marine mammals. The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit research hospital and educational center dedicated to global conservation of marine mammals through their rescue and rehabilitation work, as well as educational outreach and scientific research efforts.
Julie and Mariko were able to assist in important rehabilitation efforts, learn more about the West Coast marine mammal stranding network, and bring back a wealth of knowledge to the staff and visitors of the Seattle Aquarium. Through this collaborative relationship, we hope to continue to educate people about the critical work being conducted at The Marine Mammal Center and the many environmental issues affecting marine mammals.
Learn about Julie and Mariko’s experience in this five-part blog series.
Part 1: An opportunity to assist at The Marine Mammal Center
Part 2: Northern elephant seals
Part 3: California sea lions, northern fur seals and Guadalupe fur seals
Part 4: Pacific harbor seals
Part 5: Rehabilitators working together with zoos and aquariums
Rehabilitation facilities like The Marine Mammal Center as well as aquariums like the Seattle Aquarium both play an important role in species conservation. Sometimes the federal government will deem a stranded marine mammal to be “non-releasable.” This means that because of the animal’s circumstances or injuries, it does not have the capability to survive in the wild.
The Seattle Aquarium works to educate visitors on conservation issues and offers homes to “non-releasable” marine mammals. The Seattle Aquarium has provided homes to various rescued animals including northern sea otters, North American river otters, northern fur seals, and various diving birds and shorebirds.