The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing marine mammals that have been stranded along the Orange County coastline. The center is also geared toward increasing public awareness and providing the public with knowledge of the marine environment through both education and research opportunities.
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center is open to the public every day of the week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is free of charge. The center is located next to the dog park in Laguna Beach. The address is 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, California.
An important key to the recovery of marine mammals is ongoing research at the center. Research is being done to find the pathological conditions that affect the marine mammals of Southern California. Through this research the Pacific Marine Mammal Center has discovered the causes and effects that can help the public to understand the best means to rehabilitate the center's marine mammal patients. Some of the patients being assisted at the center include whales, dolphins, seals, and sea lions to name a few. Upon release of each rehabilitated animal, the animals are tagged with an identification number for tracking.