These patients enjoying the Laguna Beach sunshine in "Pool A" are typically animals who are nearing the end of their rehabilitation. These animals are again competing for food, their medical issues have been resolved, and many of them will soon be candidates for release back into the ocean.
Occasionally you may see Lumière, our harbor seal patient, playing with enrichment items. Lumière has not gained the necessary fish-foraging skills to be successful in the wild. PMMC is working with NOAA to secure an appropriate home for Lumière.
As we wind down our 2017 rescue season, we are already preparing for a busy 2018. The majority of our patients (pups under a year old) will start to strand on Orange County beaches in January 2018. We are grateful for all the support we receive from the public: please keep calling and letting us know about marine mammals in need.