Cali Paddler recently had the honor of visiting the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, our recent 5% Paddle Pledge Recipient. We presented our check and donation that all of your purchases helped contribute towards, and toured the amazing facilities. So much good work is done here to rescue, rehabilitate, and release stranded animals. We were stoked to learn more and witness first hand the great work being done.
One special story shared with us was regarding one of their Sea Otter babies, Langly. Talk about maternal love. Langly and her mom were attacked by a shark with the mom sustaining what turned out to be fatal bite injuries. But her last acts were to swim the baby to shore expelling great energy in the effort. When the Marine Mammal Center team member arrived following a stranding call from a beach-goer, the pup and mom were found but only the pup had the energy to try and defend her mom. The mom sadly died on the way to the triage facility, but the newly orphaned pup made it and was able receive the emergency care it needed. Thanks to the Sea Otter mom's love and courage. Read the the whole story here about the rehabilitation and Langly's new friend.
Photo by Bill Hunnewell
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Stories of animal rescues like this happen regularly at the Marine Mammal Center, and its facilities to educate people are top notch. Our impact as paddlers can be a positive one on sea otters, seals, sea lions, and all sorts of sea life. Through our cleanup efforts, to giving wildlife proper space. As well as to supporting great organizations like this. Thank you to MMC and Qiana Wylie for welcoming us and all the great work you do.
Some special links to share:
- Hawaiian Monk Seal Efforts: http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/News-Room/2018-news-archives/starving-hawaiian-monk-seal-pup.html
- Langly The Sea Otter http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/about-us/News-Room/2018-news-archives/langly-the-sea-otter.html
- Current Patients Page: http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/patients/current-patients-page/
The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Sausalito, CA 94965
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