There is so much to love about living in Laguna Beach, not the least of which is being so close to the Pacific Ocean and all its many splendors.  Whether it’s playing in the sand, soaking in the rays, witnessing the beautiful sunsets, or surfing the waves, there is something for everyone to enjoy about our beaches.  You can even add seeing marine life up close to that list!  At the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, visitors can meet whales, dolphins, sea lions and more and learn all about the rescue and rehabilitation efforts of this wonderful organization

About the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

This non-profit organization is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals that have become stranded along the Orange County coastline.  They also serve to increase public awareness about the marine environment

Any marine mammals that have been admitted to the center receive treatments to attend to their injuries such as wound care and administration of antibiotics.  Once the animal has reached their optimal weight and has recovered from their injuries, they are tagged and prepared for release.  The center conducts ongoing research to help understand cause-and-effect relationships that will aid in the rehabilitation of these mammal “patients”

Visiting the Center

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s visitor yard is open to the public every day from 10am to 4pm and is free of charge (although donations are encouraged).  Visitors can see up close some of the mammal patients that are receiving care and learn about their recovery process.  The center cares for approximately 150 to 200 seals and sea lions every year, and has anywhere from two to 100 animals at the facility at any one time.  Docents are on hand to answer questions, talk about the current patients, and share recovery stories.  There’s also a gift shop where visitors can pick up a souvenirs.  Guided tours of the hospital are available at certain membership levels

Camp Pinniped

The Center offers a summer day camp for 8-12 year olds.  Camp Pinniped is a great experience for children to see a marine mammal hospital in action.  Campers learn how the team rehabilitates pinniped patients (seals and sea lions) through mock activites including preparing fish smooties and cleaning pens.  Camp runs Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm.  Friday is a Beach Day from 9am to noon.  The cost is $315 per camper, and there is a limit of 24 students per session.  All proceeds from the camp go to the treatment of current marine mammal patients

Other educational opportunities are available through the Center including field trips, Scout programs, Community Art programs, Kids Club and Corporate programs

More Information About the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.  To learn more about their mission and programs,  volunteer opportunities, upcoming events, and more please visit their website, call 949-494-3050 or email [email protected]