Meet the Patients - Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation

by  Pacific Marine Mammal Center

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Meet the Patients - Marine Mammal Rescue

Meet the patients currently being rehabilitated at Pacific Marine Mammal Center and hear their stories. Take a behind the scenes tour of our hospital to see the medical units and equipment used in the animals’ recovery. Observe rehabilitation procedures. Listen to the accounts of past patients that were admitted due to human impact and learn what you can do to keep it from happening again. 

Note: footage of the patients is collected that day prior to the program. If  the program is booked outside of the stranding season and we don't have patients, we will use video of past patients of key species.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $95.00

Your invoice will be emailed after the successful delivery of your program. Payment is due in full upon receipt of invoice. A late fee of 2% will be added 30 days after the invoice date. Program fees will not be waived due to technical issues unless specific problems can be reliably traced to a PMMC technology malfunction.


45 minutes; adaptable for 3rd grade through adult

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:

While the program can be done for an individual it is designed for small to large groups

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity we suggest no more than 30 students

Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Sciences environment

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)


Booking Information

Availability: Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST. Reservations: must be made at least 7 days in advance. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your program date to avoid billing. In order to book a program please go to : www.pacificmmc.org/education-programs/

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Reservations: must be made at least 7 days in advance. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to your program date to avoid billing. Program fee is expected to be paid in full at time of reservation. Cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance to receive a refund minus a $25 administrative fee. Programs may be transferred to another date at no charge.

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Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Laguna Beach, CA
United States

Pacific Marine Mammal Center rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine mammals and inspires ocean stewardship through research, education and collaboration. We host 45 minute Distance Learning programs and provide a variety of presentations. We can accommodate video conferences anytime from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PST. Please visit out URL to book a program!

Kirsten Donald

Program Details


Multimedia presentation with video

1. The program will begin with a video introduction and overview of Pacific Marine Mammal Center

2. Presenter and participants explore and discuss the classification of seals and sea lions

3. Participants will view videos demonstrating anatomical and locomotive differences between seals and sea lions

4. Participants will view pictures and videos highlighting
-common patients at the hospital
-reasons for patient admissions including human impact
-rehabilitation procedures, husbandry and diets of the animals
-release procedures
-research and conservation efforts

5. Participants will be introduced to current patients at the facility through video taken that morning and view images/hear case studies of patients successfully rehabilitated and released

4. A discussion will ensue about the natural and human made threats the animals encounter in the wild and environmentally friendly behaviors which can be adopted daily to reduce human impact on the environment.

5. Time is allotted for additional questions and discussion


Students will:

1. Be able to identify the anatomical and locomotive difference between seals and sea lions

2. Understand how and why marine mammals are rescued and rehabilitated

3. Develop an appreciation for the major types of pinnipeds found in southern California

4. Be able to identify major natural and human made threats marine mammals encounter in the wild

5. Be able to identify at least 4 environmentally friendly behaviors they can adopt in their own lives to reduce human impact on the environment.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS3C 3-5 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 6-8 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 9-12 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function
LS1A 6-8 -- Structure and function
LS1A 9-12 -- Structure and function
LS1D 3-5 -- Information Processing
LS1D 6-8 -- Information Processing
LS1D 9-12 -- Information ProcessingCore Ideas:
LS 1.A – Structure and Function

LS 1.D – Information Processing

ESS 3.C – Human Impacts on Earth Systems

Ocean Literacy Principles:
5 A: Ocean life ranges in size

5 D: Ocean biology provides many unique examples of life cycles, adaptations, and important relationships among organisms that do not occur on land.

5 E: The ocean provides a vast living space with diverse and unique ecosystems. Most of the living space on Earth is in the ocean.

6 D: Humans affect the ocean in a variety of ways. Human development and activity leads to pollution, changes to ocean chemistry, and physical modifications.

6 G: Everyone is responsible for caring for the ocean. The ocean sustains life on Earth and humans must live in ways that sustain the ocean.