The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., runs a clinic that rescues sick, injured and orphaned seals, sea lions and other marine mammals.
Hawaiian monk seal hospital
The Marine Mammal Center is building a hospital for Hawaiian monk seals in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Hawaiian monk seal
Hawaiian monk seals are the most endangered species in the pinniped group (containing seals, sea lions and walruses).
Elephant seal release
Workers at The Marine Mammal Center release elephant seals after treatment.
Harbor seal feeding
Workers administer food to a baby harbor seal.
Visitors can view the seals from The Marine Mammal Center's observation deck.
Sea lion rescue
Marine Mammal Center workers rescue a sea lion.
Sea lions go for a dip in a pool at The Marine Mammal Center.
The Marine Mammal Center
"Patients" lounging in the sun at The Marine Mammal Center.
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