The Marine Mammal Center 1065 Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands, (415) 289-SEAL. Daily 10-4. Free; audio tour $10; guided tours $7, seniors & 4+ $5.
Staffed by volunteers, this is one of the largest wild animal hospitals in the world. Injured, sick, and orphaned marine mammals are brought here to be nursed back to health. Seals and sea lions are the most common “patients,” though sometimes a dolphin or porpoise is in need; whales are usually treated off site, on location. When ready, patients are released back into their natural habitat. Visitors see seals laying prone, some bleating like lambs, other swimming and barking. The animals are fed and most active from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Do visit the fish kitchen, where you might see fish milkshakes being prepared in blenders for the babies. Docent-led tours are available on weekends, self-guided tours during the week.
|elephant seal statue at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California|
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