Today is the 8th annual Marine Mammal Day! Join us in celebrating these amazing creatures by learning about the Marine Mammal Center’s rescue and rehabilitation of seals, sea lions, and other marine mammals each year.
The Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit veterinary research hospital and education center that rescues and rehabilitates ill or injured marine mammals. Headquartered in Sausalito, Calif., since 1975, the “Center” has rescued and treated more than 15,000 marine mammals. That’s more than 425 marine mammals each year!!
Some reasons for these mammals rescue include: malnourishment, separation, entanglements and diseases; however, nearly 10% of animals rescued have been impacted by human interaction and hazards like net and fishing line entaglements, gun shots, illegal pick-up, and boat strikes. This makes it even more important for us to help save these animals!
Marine mammals are a unique species because they share all the same characteristics of mammals (they are warm-blooded, have hair or fur, bear live young), but they have adapted to living all or part of their lives in the ocean. To help them stay warm, marine mammals have an extra layer of blubber (fat). Also, they can stay under water for such long periods of time because they store oxygen in their muscles and blood. Pretty cool, huh??
To celebrate Marine Mammal Day, Sylvan Dell is offering a free trial of the “Astro: The Steller Sea Lion” eBook for the whole month of June!! This exciting tale written by Jeanne Walker Harvey and illustrated by Shennen Bersani takes readers on a adventure with Astro, a real sea lion raised at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito!
There’s so much to learn about marine mammals and the conservation of the species. We hope you enjoy our June featured eBook that can be found on our homepage!
To learn more about the Marine Mammal Center and what you can do to help save these creatures visit www.marinemammalcenter.org.
Happy Marine Mammal Day!