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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...