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April 5, 2014

Hey all!

We have started a new fundraising opportunity for the NMMC through

All you need to do is save our website to your favorites tab and whenever you want to shop Amazon, go to our website, click on the Amazon link at the bottom of our page to access…that is it!!

That, and tell all of your friends and family to do the same.

The center will get around 4% of the purchase price just from you accessing it from¬†OUR home page. You don’t have to put anything in, nor will you be charged anything, ¬†we are linked to the program by the url and Amazon tracks it all for us and cuts the center a check! How cool is that??!! Every little bit counts, books for your Kindle, the flat iron you just bought, baseball cleats…darn you could’ve racked up $40 for us in the last 6 months.

None of the purchaser information is saved.¬†The Center doesn’t have access to any payment information, etc. The only thing Amazon tracks are purchases and amounts so they can refund our percentage as one of their qualifying charities!!

Please let me know if you have any questions or trouble finding the link. Thank you, and happy shopping!!

Coolio Moves to Pittsburgh Zoo

March 30, 2014

“Coolio” is OFFICIALLY being transferred to Pittsburgh Zoo!! The necessary paperwork was filed on 03.27.2014. We had a visitor, Paul Moyett, the Assistant Curator of Aquatic Animals for PPG Aquarium (Pittsburgh Zoo) the last week in March. Paul was sent to observe “Coolio”.

“Coolio’s” trainers have already been “skyped” in to see a few of his feeds this week, and are anxiously anticipating his arrival. He will spend the rest of his days in a 276,000 gallon pool! Coolio will be transported in a cage used for polar bears and shipped via FedEx. (FedEx transports most zoo animals across the¬†country.)

“Coolio” is the first Northern Elephant Seal in an aquarium/zoo in the US!¬†

The Crescent City Triplicate ran a great article about Coolio on 1 April, 2014. You can read it by clicking on the following link:

Coolio Triplicate Article — 1 Apr 14 — 1 of 2

Coolio Triplicate Article — 1 Apr 14 — 2 of 2

NPR ECO News — NMMC Janet Dickey & Jennifer Savage Interview — 27 Mar 14

March 28, 2014

National Public Radio’s Jennifer Savage interviewed the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center’s Hospital Coordinator Janet Dickey by telephone yesterday. The interview lasted a half hour and topics ran the gamut; from the Center’s founding by Dr Dennis Wood, DVM, to California Sea Lion residency in Crescent City Harbor, to the appropriate behaviors to take when coming across a stranded pinniped on a local beach.

If you have the time, please listen to this entertaining and information packed interview!





News Channel 3 — Sea Lion Entanglement

March 24, 2014

“The Spirit of the Northwest,” Channel 3, Eureka, recently ran a televised spot about the recent spate of Sea Lions becoming entangled in lines in Crescent City, California. The Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, located in Crescent City, serves an area encommpassing Eureka and Arcata and ends South of these cities at Shelter Cove. Our Stranding Network regularly brings injured, sick, or abandoned pinnipeds from this area. The article is timely. To read the Channel 3 web version go to the following link:


Four sea lions found entangled in last three months in Crescent City

CRESCENT CITY- A California Sea Lion was found entangled in Crescent City on Sunday.

The North Coast Marine Mammal Center says that this sea lion is the fourth one to be found caught in something over the last three months. Marine officials do not know exactly what the sea lions are getting caught in, and have not been able to break any of them free from their entanglements.

If you come across any marine animal in distress, you can call the North Coast Marine Mammal Center Stranding Line at (707) 951-4722.

Officials also urge you to pick up any rope, wire or plastic you see on the beach.

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Oiled Wildlife Care Network Training

March 21, 2014

On Monday, 17 March, five members of the NMMC (Lynda Stockton, Cynthia Fierro, Janet Dickey, Stevin Strickland, and  Kristen Orth) attended an OWCN (Oiled Wildlife Care Network) training exercise at Humboldt State University. NMMC volunteers worked with and learned from counterparts in many organizations including the Fish and Wildlife Service, , University of California at Davis, Humboldt State University, The  Marine Mammal Center, and the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response.

Team makes rescue plan

Team makes rescue plan

Team prepares for rescue
Team prepares for rescue

Final team rescue approach
Final team rescue planning

Rescue on beach
Rescue on beach

Kristen, Janet, Cynthia, & Linda with Dr Nancy Anderson
Kristen, Janet, & Cynthia with Dr Nancy Anderson

Janet, Cythia, and Dr Jeff Boehm, Marin Mammal Center approach seal for rescue
Janet, Cythia, and Dr Jeff Boehm, The Marine Mammal Center , and Lynda Stockton approach seal for rescue



March 19, 2014

Hello Everybody!!

As you may have heard, we have our first pup of the season. Her name is “Pebbles”, she is about 3 days old and was found at the mouth of the Smith. So feeds have been bumped up to 5x/day. She will be started on HSF this afternoon; has some minor punctures to her rear flippers.

“Rangerette” has been moved to pen #3 during the day and condo #2 at night. She is now eating fish on her own. Since we don’t want to regress, we need to put fish in turtle pool and walk away. She does have heating pads in both pen and condo to help keep her warm with this spring wind. We would like to continue treating her wounds with betadyne flushes and warm compresses if necessary to get clean out any pus/chunks from the wound on her L cheek and L dorsal pelvis.

“Whiskers” is also doing very well and also eating fish on his own. The wounds on his chest are healing very well. He will continue on his feed until he has gained enough weight to be released.

“Coolio” is still growing very well and the decision of transfer to Pittsburgh Zoo still lies in the hands of the Zoo’s Board of Directors as well as NMFS. He will continue on 10#/day feed until we get further word from either of them.


Wags & Menace Sponsors Seal!

March 18, 2014

Cindy Lee sent us a check for $600.00 this month to care for a seal! The generousity of Cindy Lee and the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation has become very important to us this past year and we are very grateful for her continued support.  Please visit her website for more infomation:

Cindy Lee and the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation Webpage

Whiskers — Sea Lion

March 11, 2014

Whiskers is about 150# and was rescued also on March 9th from the Chart Room. He is likely to have Leptospirosis, so he will continue to stay in quarantine until further notice. Last blood draw was on 03.26.2014 and still showed signs of elevated kidney and liver enzymes. He is starting Doxycycline treatment and will have labs repeated in 2 weeks to determine whether he has kicked the lepto or not. *REMEMBER lepto is transmissible to you and your pets!* He will likely stay at least another month.

Whiskers -- Admission Photo

Rangerette — Sea Lion

Rangerette is a little 30 pounder who was rescued from Trinidad with multiple dog bite abscesses. She has been treated with laser therapy and had a drain placed to facilitate healing. She is currently on antibiotics. She is still underweight, yet eating well; we are going to continue feeding her about 20% of her BW to get a good blubber layer on her to protect her from the elements. Because she is still so small, she is in condo and pen depending on the severity of the weather. We would like to tong feed her meals, but leave a few fish in a small pool for her to forage herself if she chooses. 

Rangerette -- California Sea Lion Admission Photo

Rangerette — California Sea Lion Admission Photo



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