The Marine Mammal Center (formerly known as The California Marine Mammal Center) was founded in 1975 by three local citizens: Lloyd Smalley, Pat Arrigoni and Paul Maxwell. Since then, and thanks to their vision, the Center has rescued and treated more than 20,000 marine mammals.
Rescue, Rehabilitation, Release
The Marine Mammal Center is the only organization authorized by the National Marine Mammal Fisheries Service to rescue and provide veterinary care for ill and injured marine mammals along 600 miles of California coast.
We operate with approximately 45 staff and over 1000 volunteers who also work out of our additional field locations in Mendocino, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo Counties.
At The Marine Mammal Center, we are guided and inspired by a shared vision of a healthy ocean for marine mammals and humans alike.
The Marine Mammal Center advances global ocean conservation through marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation, scientific research, and education.
We rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured marine mammals at our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities by engaging a dedicated workforce and a supportive community.
We learn from the patients in our care and contribute to scientific understanding of the changing health of our ocean, taking action to address ocean threats and save endangered species.
We lead as a teaching hospital by training veterinary professionals locally and internationally, and inspiring future ocean stewards through innovative school and public education programs.