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Hobie Goes Home

Hobie Goes Home

  “Hobie,” a California sea lion named in honor of the surfing and sailing icon Hobie Alter, successfully recovered at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and was released last week. The sea lion was rescued on April 1, days after Alter’s death. She was found underweight and wounded resting near the pier in Newport Beach. […]

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Sea Lion Strandings on the Rise

Sea Lion Strandings on the Rise

By Carisa Carlton, Special to the Independent A die-off of starving sea lion pups in Southern California last year was partly caused by a change in their food supply as sardine spawning grounds shifted to deeper water, scientists announced Tuesday. The findings come even as Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center is again seeing an […]

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Proposed Development Lacks Foresight

Proposed Development Lacks Foresight

Editor, In response to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s concern for the proposed 40-unit homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon next to their facility: I spoke against the artist work/live (as an artist, art educator and former arts commissioner) and against the Big Bend storage box that is larger than its lot size (as a resident and supporter of Laguna […]

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Center Shows Off Its New Addition

Center Shows Off Its New Addition

By Donna Furey | LB Indy After observing Pacific Marine Mammal Center staff releasing a sea lion into the ocean from a bluff overlooking a Laguna Beach cove, Ted Bauer visited the rescue operation on Laguna Canyon Road last year and inquired how his foundation might help the center. The result was a grant of […]

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After a Crisis Season, Center’s Patients Exit

After a Crisis Season, Center’s Patients Exit

  Rehabilitated California sea lions Grace and Evanora will be released back into the wild this weekend by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, whose staff and volunteers saved many lives during an unprecedented stranding epidemic this spring. Starting in January, the Laguna Beach-based center witnessed an influx of sea lion pups coming ashore, suffering from […]

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Tracking Releases From Afar

Tracking Releases From Afar

Two recuperated sea lion pups equipped with expensive satellite tags to monitor their progress were returned to the sea and are faring well and foraging afar, officials at Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center said this week. The tags, which cost from $1,700 to $3,000 apiece, track how far the sea mammals travel, how long […]

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Emergency Status Unlocks Sea-Lion Aid

Emergency Status Unlocks Sea-Lion Aid

With the federal government declaring the extraordinary number of starving sea lion pups along the Southern California coastline an “unusual mortality event,” the door is opened for possible emergency funding for the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a center spokesperson said this week. Nearly 150 young sea lions are now receiving emergency care at PMMC, the […]

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Marine Center Overrun with Starving Sea Lion Pups

Marine Center Overrun with Starving Sea Lion Pups

Last weekend, three sick sea lion pups came up on the shore and rocks below Laguna Beach’s Heisler Park and a dog that had broken free of its owner’s leash attacked another near the Treasure Island tide pools below the Montage resort.  The injured young sea lion later died due to the inflicted wounds, according […]

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Starving Sea Lion Pups Flood Rescue Center

Starving Sea Lion Pups Flood Rescue Center

Coastal animal services officer Dana Friedman slipped a bony and listless 20-pound sea lion pup out of his rescue truck and into a portable dog cage and carried it into the Pacific Marine Mammal Center here early Wednesday afternoon. Forty pounds underweight, the sickly sea lion pup was taken inside and swaddled in warm blankets, […]

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Community Datebook 1/11/13

Community Datebook 1/11/13

Learning About Marine Mammal Rescue Bring along lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and learn about one of Laguna Beach’s institutions, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and its rescue efforts at a noon presentation at Laguna Presbyterian Church, 415 Forest Ave. “We’re open for the public to visit and this presentation will be an excellent introduction […]

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Saving Sea Creatures Armed With a Snow Cone

Saving Sea Creatures Armed With a Snow Cone

Youngster Julia Wolfe might get a lick of a snow cone or a hop in a bounce house this Sunday, Aug. 26, at a carnival she’s organized in Newport Beach’s Bonita Canyon Park to support the rescue of sea mammals. Julia already contributed $200 to Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center by hosting bake sales […]

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Whale Gives Rescuers the Slip

Whale Gives Rescuers the Slip

By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers, forced by nightfall to quit efforts to cut lines entangling a whale spotted near Laguna Beach on Tuesday, were unsuccessful in locating the 40-foot gray again by Thursday. The animal was last seen heading west into deeper and potentially more dangerous waters for rescue crews. It […]

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Unclear End to ‘Epic’ Rescue

Unclear End to ‘Epic’ Rescue

UPDATE   By Ben Bodart, Special to the Independent   Rescuers accomplished something of a marine miracle offshore Laguna Beach last weekend, but apparently their efforts ultimately were not enough.   Members of the town’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center and a special whale disentanglement team from the National Marine Fisheries Services successfully freed a young […]

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A ‘Thank You’ to Supporters

A ‘Thank You’ to Supporters

Editor, It is with a grateful heart that we at PMMC extend to all of you our best wishes for a new year.  We have been truly fortunate to have come through this challenging year with the extraordinary support of our donors, supporters, visitors and colleagues. The “new” PMMC is better than ever.  What seemed, […]

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Canyon Surrenders to Storm’s Force

Canyon Surrenders to Storm’s Force

Nurseryman Kevin Naughton says the devastation that wrecked his Laguna Gardens Nursery “was unlike other storms” that have come through the canyon. It had all the characteristics of a flash flood, a wall of water that “blew out everything in its path,” he said, including 100-pound statues and a cinder block wall that toppled intact.

Indeed, Naughton’s property, once filled with garden accessories, ceramic pots and healthy greenery at the corner of Laguna Canyon and Raquel roads, this week looked like it had been in the path of a steamroller and a tornado.