The Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center

Illustration by Ben Clanton

Illustration by Ben Clanton

The Marine Mammal Center has rescued and rehabilitated more than 20,000 marine mammals along the California coast since its foundation in 1975. With a focus on elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions, the center operates as a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center.

Comprised of both veterinarians and biologists, the research & rescue team works with animals directly, routinely publishing their findings to help boost awareness of these amazing mammals.

Some rehabilitated animals are given trackers before release so that researchers can continue to monitor behaviors and migration patterns, working with teams across the globe to better understand their habits.

These efforts have isolated species-specific diseases on several occasions, and have made great advancements in understanding the best way to care for these creatures and their environment.

Through education, MMC is able to reach 100,000 students, to emphasize the role they can play in nurturing the valuable ocean life than inhabits 70% of Earth.

To learn more about Marine Mammal Center, click here to go to their website and please consider a small donation of $5 or more to support the marine mammals.


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"I've always been drawn to the sea and the life in it. There are few things I enjoy more than exploring a beach and drawing oodles of happy sea creatures. But sadly real sea creatures and our world's waters are facing problems (pollution, climate change, trash, unsustainable fishing) that seem as vast and unfathomable as the oceans themselves. The Marine Mammal Center provides tangible and meaningful ways to make an impact."

Ahoy! I'm Ben Clanton and I'm a children's book author and illustrator. Some of my books are Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea!, It Came in the Mail, and Something Extraordinary. I live in Tacoma, WA and in the water. SEA more of my work at benclanton.com and www.narwhalandjelly.com


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