ATLANTA (March 27, 2015 - Since January of this year, the West Coast of the United States has been experiencing an unprecedented amount of California sea lion strandings. According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a record-setting number of sea lion strandings has occurred each month in 2015.

The world’s largest marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility, The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, is a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals. The Center has played a vital role in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of a large majority of these malnourished, dehydrated, and ill pups. As a leading zoological facility focused on research and conservation, Georgia Aquarium was honored to recently have sent several animal care staff members to California to assist The Marine Mammal Center with caring for these animals. Watch the video below to hear more about the amazing and collaborative efforts being done for these stranded pups.

The devotion given by all at The Marine Mammal Center to save the pups is a great example of how like-minded organizations are working towards the same common goal of caring together for all animals, both in the wild and in human care. For more information on how to support conservation programs and learn more from few of the dedicated Georgia Aquarium team members who helped with the sea lion crisis at The Marine Mammal Center, visit Georgia Aquarium's blog at www.georgiaaquariumblog.org.

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Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, contains more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.