Pacific Marine Mammal Center to Host The Endless Summer Gala

 

Honoring eight-year-old Ryan Hickman as Philanthropist of the Year

LAGUNA BEACH, CA Friday, August 18,2017 - Pacific Marine Mammal Center will host The Endless Summer Gala, an annual event to raise funds for the center's efforts, at The Ranch on September 10, 2017.

This year PMMC will be honoring eight-year-old Ryan's Recycling CEO, Ryan Hickman, as Philanthropist of the Year. Ryan, who started his company when he was just 3 ½ years old, is known all around the world for his recycling efforts. He has recycled over 250,000 cans and bottles and donated almost five thousand dollars to PMMC over the years.

"We feel very honored to have Ryan supporting PMMC. We realize that the real future of the planet lies in the hands of our children and Ryan's passion for the environment is hugely influencing other youth on how they too, can make a difference," said Executive Director Keith Matassa.

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is proud to announce the following sponsors making this years event possible: Lisa Argyros and The Argyros Family Foundation, Erin J. Lastinger and the A. Gary Anderson Family Foundation, Barbara and Greg MacGillivray, Carla and Jeff Meberg, and Suzanne and Jim Mellor.

A special thank you to Bruce Brown Films and Franklin Joseph Publishing for their support. The Endless Summer Gala will have an esteemed live and silent auction, an elegant plated dinner, and live entertainment from The Beach Boys tribute band "Surfs Up".


About Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education, and collaboration. Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax-ID number is: 95-3680896

To date in 2017 thus far PMMC has rescued 170 pinnipeds again above the 150 average including; 111 California sea lions, 53 elephant seals, four Pacific harbor seals, two endangered Guadalupe fur seals, one green sea turtle, one common dolphin calf, and responded to two whale entanglement.

20612 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach, California, 92651 | (949) 494-3050 | www.pacificmmc.org

Media Contact: Krysta Higuchi
Title: Events and Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: (949) 494-3050
Email Address: khiguchi@pacificmmc.org

Copyright © 2017 Pacific Marine Mammal Center. All rights reserved.

 

Pacific Marine Mammal Center Responds to Common Dolphin Calf

 

Baby dolphin strands itself on Capo Beach

LAGUNA BEACH, CA Friday, July 20, 2017 - Pacific Marine Mammal Center responded to a common dolphin calf, estimated to be one week old, that beached itself on Capo Beach late Thursday afternoon. PMMC was notified of the animal by a San Clemente Animal Control officer at approximately 5:35 pm.

PMMC was in the midst of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) whale disentanglement training and immediately jumped into action. The rescue team arrived at the beach by 6:15 pm. A small crowd had gathered and had the animal in a small children's pool to keep him wet and buoyant until PMMC arrived.

Upon returning back to the center, PMMC's Veterinarian Kelli Barnett and NOAA West Coast Stranding Coordinator Justin Viezbicke, both observed that the animal was visibly emaciated, 19.8 pounds.

"Unfortunately the animal was picked up in very poor condition and in the process of evaluation the animal passed," said Viezbicke. Less than 1% of cetaceans that strand survive. A necropsy will be performed on the animal.

PMMC wants to thank San Clemente Animal Control and those of the public that were down at the beach that afternoon. Both children and adults were very respectful, quiet and calm assisting PMMC's rescue team which expedited the process getting the animal back to the center.


About Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education, and collaboration. Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax-ID number is: 95-3680896

To date in 2017 thus far PMMC has rescued 170 pinnipeds again above the 150 average including; 111 California sea lions, 53 elephant seals, four Pacific harbor seals, two endangered Guadalupe fur seals, one green sea turtle, one common dolphin calf, and responded to two whale entanglement.

20612 Laguna Canyon Road | Laguna Beach, California, 92651 | (949) 494-3050 | www.pacificmmc.org

About The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding was established in the early 1980's under the Marine Mammal Protection ACT (MMPA). Members of the network respond to marine mammals stranding events along Washington, Oregon, and California coasts and are a part of a nationwide network.

Media Contact: Krysta Higuchi
Title: Events and Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: (949) 494-3050
Email Address: khiguchi@pacificmmc.org

Copyright © 2017 Pacific Marine Mammal Center. All rights reserved.