Meet the Patients

Marine Mammal Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release

Meet the patients currently being rehabilitated at Pacific Marine Mammal Center and hear their stories. Take a behind the scenes tour of our hospital to see the medical units and equipment used in the animals’ recovery. Observe rehabilitation procedures. Listen to the accounts of past patients that were admitted due to human impact and learn what you can do to keep it from happening again. 

Note: Footage of the patients is collected that day prior to the program. If the program is booked outside of the stranding season and we don't have patients, we will use video of past patients of key species.


Multimedia Presentation Format

1. The program will begin with a video introduction and overview of  Pacific Marine Mammal Center

2. Presenter and participants explore and discuss the classification of seals and sea lions

3. Participants will view videos demonstrating anatomical and locomotive differences between seals and sea lions

4. Participants will view pictures and videos highlighting

    -common patients at the hospital

    -reasons for patient admissions including human impact

    -rehabilitation procedures, husbandry and diets of the animals

    -release procedures

    -research and conservation efforts

5. A discussion will ensue about the natural and human made threats the animals encounter in the wild and environmentally friendly behaviors which can be adopted daily to reduce human impact on the environment.

6. Participants will be introduced to current patients at the facility through a tour

7. Time is allotted for additional questions and discussion


Program Objectives

Students will:

1. Be able to identify the anatomical and locomotive difference between seals and sea lions

2. Understand how and why marine mammals are rescued and rehabilitated

3. Develop an appreciation for the major types of pinnipeds found in southern California

4. Be able to identify major natural and human made threats marine mammals encounter in the wild

5. Be able to identify at least 4 environmentally friendly behaviors they can adopt in their own lives to reduce human impact on the environment.


Standards and Core Ideas

LS 1.A – Structure and Function

LS 1.D – Information Processing

ESS 3.C – Human Impacts on Earth Systems


Ocean Literacy Principles

5 A: Ocean life ranges in size

5 D: Ocean biology provides many unique examples of life cycles, adaptations, and important relationships among organisms that do not occur on land.

5 E: The ocean provides a vast living space with diverse and unique ecosystems. Most of the living space on Earth is in the ocean.

6 D: Humans affect the ocean in a variety of ways. Human development and activity leads to pollution, changes to ocean chemistry, and physical modifications.

6 G: Everyone is responsible for caring for the ocean. The ocean sustains life on Earth and humans must live in ways that sustain the ocean.


Pinniped, Locomotion, Stranding, Rehabilitation, Hydration, Medical, Biodegradable, Organic, Recycle, Conservation, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Monofilament line