MMCC to the Rescue!

The Marine Mammal Care Center, or MMCC for short, is a hospital for the sick and injured marine mammals that are stranded along the LA County coastline. MMCC is located in San Pedro and primarily treats and releases rescued California sea lions, northern elephant seals, Pacific harbor seals, Guadalupe fur seals, and northern fur seals. They work hard to keep the marine mammals safe and healthy.

The MMCC opened in 1992 through a letter of agreement between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company (HMH) and LAUSD. The Foundation for Marine Animal Husbandry (FMAH), MMCC-4which was created by the HMH, proudly provides financial and operational support for MMCC.

Many people like volunteers and staff members want to protect these animals and care for them. They care for a variety of patients like the California Sea Lions, Northern Elephant Seals, Pacific Harbor Seals, Northern Fur Seals, and Guadalupe Fur Seals. The National Marine Fisheries Service authorizes the work needed to help these marine animals. MMCC has a multi-faceted educational program that educates students, teachers, and the public about marine science and about the animals cared for in the facility. Many visitors come to MMCC and tell their parents or friends about all the seals and all the baby seals either in the pool or drying in the sun. “It’s amazing how many people volunteer to help save these animals and you can tell that they care about the animals’ well-being,” said Olivia Campos from Dodson Middle School. MMCC also works with scientists around the country to conduct research. Basically, MMCC is one of the busiest in the country, helping around 500 marine mammals in need per year. They care about animals and will use their time to keep the ocean safe.