The facility is easy to find and is next door to the City’s animal shelter (so you will hear barking from dogs). The parking lot is shared by both organizations; one parking lot is paved and fenced, and the other is not.
It is imperative that the public become aware of the tireless work and dedication of staff and volunteers at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. It is not a sea zoo or "fun" attraction so those expecting rides or tricks will need to change their expectations.
This is a facility focused on the care and rehabilitation of live seals, and also serves to educate visitors on what is being done to help and prevent harm to these mammals. Volunteers are very knowledgeable and have a great, contagious passion for sea life. Bob Barker (The Price is Right) is a big supporter of the facility as are many local families.
There were 17 mammals at the facility when we visited but we only saw about 10 of them in the exterior pool areas. In addition to the outdoor area, which is fenced, there is an interior “barn” shelter (visitors are not permitted to enter that area).
Visitors can purchase a variety of items at the gift kiosk such as t-shirts, slippers, cards, etc. Though it is a short visit – we stayed about 15 minutes – learning more about these beautiful animals is helpful so we can do our part in supporting their way of life.
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