Seal Day adds to the celebration with San Pedro center’s 30th anniversary – Daily Breeze

This year’s Seal Day took on a special air of celebration this weekend, with the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, which hosts the festival every year, also celebrating its 30th anniversary.

“We are 30 and thriving,” Amber Becerra, president of the center that was formed out of the closure of Marineland, said in an interview before the event.

“It’s amazing to look back over the last 30 years and see how far MMCC has come,” she added, “and look to the future to plan what we can accomplish in another 30 years.”

Seal Day, on Saturday, June 18, featured food trucks, live music, performances, local artisans and vendors, activities for all ages and prize drawings. But, as always, the biggest draws were the recovering sea mammals.

The center is a nonprofit hospital for seals and sea lions found stranded on the 70-plus miles of beaches from Malibu to Seal Beach because of illness, injury and malnutrition. MMCC focuses on ocean conservation and environmental education for local residents and visitors to the area, offering free tours led by educational volunteers. The center also hosts thousands of school children every year for field trips, both on-site and virtually.

It is located inside Angel’s Gate Park, 3601 S. Gaffey St., in San Pedro.

The goal is to keep animals only as long as necessary so they can more successfully be released back out into the ocean when they’ve recovered.

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