Monday, December 12, 2011

Marine Mammal Center

Getting an up close and personal tour of the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands is not a terrible way to be spending a Friday morning. 
The Center is free to visitors and primarily serves as a hospital to sick/injured seals. They cover 600 square miles of coastline. When a dolphin or otter is in need of help they ship it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium because they're better equipped to deal with those sorts of things. It's the largest center of its kind in the country. Pretty neat! 
I got to see the seals in their sick beds (actually each enclosure has a private pool- not too shabby). 
They had 14 patients on the day I was there- all but one were sea lions. The oddball was a Northern Fur Seal. 
Autumn the Northern Fur Seal
The views were also lovely. 
So go and adopt a seal today!