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2011-03-19 00:00:30

Trained rescuers from the Center will offer new "I Helped Save a Seal "“ U Can Too!" bumper stickers to those who notify them of a seal in need of help. Sausalito, Calif. (PRWEB) March 17, 2011 The arrival of the pupping season's first patient, an elephant seal nicknamed Second Day, is a timely reminder to Leave Seals Be and give them a second chance at life. Leave Seals Be is The Marine Mammal Center's public education campaign to remind people along the California coast not to pick...

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2010-02-19 13:40:00

Scientists discover clues into human diseases by studying dolphins in a changing ocean A panel of governmental, academic and non-profit scientists speaking today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) unveiled research suggesting that diseases found in dolphins are similar to human diseases and can provide clues into how human health might be affected by exposure to contaminated coastal water or seafood. "Dolphins and humans are both mammals,...

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2009-12-30 12:40:00

San Francisco Bay's now famous herd of sea lions has mysteriously begun vanishing as quickly and inexplicably as they appeared, leaving behind throngs of disappointed tourists and puzzled marine biologists, according to a recent Associated Press report. A mere month ago, a record 1,500 of the massive marine hunters were making their abode on the Bay City's famous Pier 39.  Yet just days after the Thanksgiving holiday, the bustling troop of 800-pound behemoths began leaving en masse....

2009-12-09 11:42:00

CINCINNATI, Dec. 9, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year thousands of marine wildlife are injured, and even killed by the 76 million gallons of oil pollution that enter North American waters.(1) A drop of oil the size of a dime on a bird's body or wings can damage their insulated layer of down feathers, causing the bird to freeze to death. With more than 30 years of experience working with rescue and rehabilitation centers like the Marine Mammal Center and International Bird Rescue Research...

2009-08-03 07:00:00

CINCINNATI, Aug. 3, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Every year thousands of marine wildlife are injured, and even killed by the 76 million gallons of oil pollution that enter North American waters.(1) A drop of oil the size of a dime on a bird's body or wings can damage their insulated layer of down feathers, causing the bird to freeze to death. With more than 30 years of experience working with rescue and rehabilitation centers like the Marine Mammal Center and International Bird Rescue Research...

2009-07-28 10:00:00

Every year thousands of marine wildlife are injured, and even killed by the 76 million gallons of oil pollution that enter North American waters. A drop of oil the size of a dime on a bird's body or wings can damage their insulated layer of down feathers, causing the bird to freeze to death. This summer, actress Minnie Driver and Procter & Gamble's Dawn brand, who has more than 30 years of experience working with rescue and rehabilitation centers like the Marine Mammal Center and...

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2009-06-15 06:30:00

Scientists have recently discovered a surge in malnourished sea lions along the Northern California coast and are working hard to discover the cause. "We're way ahead in the numbers this year. We have twice as many animals as we should," marine veterinarian Bill Van Bonn told the Associated Press. Experts at the non-profit Marine Mammal Center, located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, believe the malnourished sea lions could be a result of a decline in populations of smaller fish that...

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2009-05-20 14:00:56

The most extensive study of pollutants in marine mammals' brains reveals that these animals are exposed to a hazardous cocktail of pesticides such as DDTs and PCBs, as well as emerging contaminants such as brominated flame retardants. Eric Montie, the lead author on the study currently in press and published online April 17 in Environmental Pollution, performed the research as a student in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution-MIT Joint Graduate Program in Oceanography and Ocean...

2008-10-27 12:00:16

U.S. marine biologists say they have initiated a study of the increased incidence of leptospirosis cases in wild California sea lions. Scientists at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., hope their research will determine when and why the sea lions contract the disease that usually surges in cycles every four to five years. "The blood samples our team will collect from wild California sea lions will help determine kidney function and exposure rates among these animals," said Dr....

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2008-10-24 09:43:18

An increased number of sea lions have the bacterial infection this year The Marine Mammal Center is seeing a large number of leptospirosis cases in California sea lions this year and is leading a study to determine when and why the sea lions contract this disease. Every four to five years, the Center sees a surge in the number of sea lions admitted as a result of this bacterial infection that affects the kidneys and can be lethal for patients. The current research will focus on the factors...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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