Marine Mammals

Below are basic tips everyone should follow when encountering a marine mammal.

  1. Please keep your distance from any marine animals in order to give the animal the best chance of survival.
  2. Federal law prohibits touching, feeding, harassing, removing or returning a beached mammal to the water. Please do not pour water on the animal.
  3. Seals and sea lions temporarily “haul-out” of the water and go on land to rest. This is normal behavior, so not all animals will need our help.
  4. Monitor from a safe distance and make necessary observations. Politely keep other people away from the animal.
  5. Call Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) at 949-494-3050. Ask to speak with our animal care department.

For additional information, visit the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.