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Marine Mammal conservation center in Marin Co.

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Marine Mammal conservation center in Marin Co.

Anyone interested in nature, animals, conservation or wild life who goes to San Francisco should consider visiting the Marine Mammal Center. It is located at 2000 Bunker Road, Fort Cronkite, Sausalito. That may not help a lot, but you can call them at 415-289-7325 or go to MarineMammalCenter.org. You'll find information there and also driving directions at mapquest.com by using the above address. They have tours at 11 AM, 1 and 3 PM which are $7, $5 for seniors. Admission is free. This is a center in which injured or sick marine mammals, mostly but not exclusively seals and sea lions, are treated and rehabilitated and, when feasible, released back into the wild. It's possible though not easy to get there by public transportation; call them for info. Your best bet is to rent a car for the day in SF, drive there and maybe take a side trip into Sausalito or the wine country, then return the car rather than be burdened with it in the city.

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Someone just passed this news story along so I thought I'd add it to this thread.

"March 30, 2012

A somewhat unusual rescue at one of the world's most iconic destinations - Alcatraz! A young California sea lion was spotted on a dock on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay on March 21. A National Park Service ranger on Alcatraz notified the Center and paved the way for our rescuers to use an island commuter ferry to scoop up the little sea lion who was obviously in a bad location and in need of some help. This very malnourished male sea lion pup, now named Al Catraz, is being cared for at our hospital under watchful eyes. Initially weighing 14.6kg (31.9 lb), Al Catraz was too weak to eat on his own, so he received his meals in liquid form for the first couple of days at our hospital.

This week, after some TLC and much needed nourishment in the form of electrolytes, he is stronger and is eating nearly four pounds of fish a day on his own.

This is not the first time The Marine Mammal Center has rescued pinnipeds from the Rock. In 1993, we came to the rescue of another young sea lion nicknamed Bird Man and again in 1999 for a sea lion named Fortress. In all, eight sea lions, counting little Al Catraz, have been rescued from Alcatraz Island, proving that escape from the Rock is possible!"

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Thanks for adding to what I learned during the tour! Also, now I know what a pinniped is!

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The Marin IJ reports that the sea lion pup found in a bad way on Alcatraz could be ready for release to the wild as early as next week -- sporting about 8 new pounds!

marinij.com/sausalito/ci_20358822/ailing-you…

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Good to know that someone deserving finally managed a successful escape from Alcatraz! :-)

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