Teaching Conservation has always been a cornerstone of education at PMMC. In 2013 PMMC has invested many resources in becoming a leader of Conservation practices, leading by doing, not just teaching- we are walking the walk and talking the talk of conservation, enter to see just how we have done and continue to lead by example of the greening of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

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Butterfly Garden

More than just a butterfly garden and as important as copepods in the marine environment, the garden, cared for by the UC Master Garden xx, assists all pollinators, bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, the habitat to utilize for all life cycles. Bees in particular, are at risk with diseases affecting their population, PMMC goes beyond and embraces conservation practices for all species not only marine mammals and sea turtles. Come in and explore beyond the marine environment.

NWF’s Certified Habitat

Caring for more than our core mission of the rehabilitation of marine mammals, PMMC is committed to conserving nature and habitat for our terrestrial friends. Come in and explore our different users of our natural habitat surrounding PMMC. 


The care of our marine mammals takes place outside PMMC. Sometimes the patients are just too big to bring back to the center. Explore PMMC’s key role in the Orange County Large Whale Entanglement Response Team and the Pinniped Disentanglement Team.

*Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a part of the Large Whale Entanglement Response Program. Due to the dangerous nature of responding to entangled large whales, our responders go thorough extensive training and many years of apprenticeship to learn the proper techniques and protocols to ensure THEIR SAFETY & THAT OF THE ANIMALS. This work is done under a permit held by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program.

To report an entangled whale please call: 1-877-SOS-WHALE