I spent this last weekend in San Francisco playing tourist with my husband and some family friends. I’ve been to SF on several occasions, but somehow, going to Chinatown, Market Street, and the famous Pier 39 is always an exciting moment. This trip was uniquely special, as I have never traveled to San Francisco this early in the year. One of my favorite parts of San Francisco is Pier 39—the beautiful view of the ocean, Alcatraz, and the best part—the sea lions that reside on the docks next to Pier 39.
I’ve only seen a few sea lions here and there on my previous trips, but this time, the docks were covered with sea lions taking siestas and sunbathing. Being a lover of animals, I became excited immediately. I’m curious about animals I don’t see on a regular basis and enjoy watching their interactions. After minutes of gazing, curiously watching their every move, and taking what seemed like a hundred photos, my husband and I finally were on our way. As we walked away, I read history boards explaining how the sea lions came to be on this specific dock and why they are there, and so on. I was surprised to find out that one certain nonprofit organization helps ensure the safety of these few 300 sea lions that have made this dock their home.
The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit organization located in San Francisco bay area, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. This organization offers a multitude of protection for these curiously precious creatures. The purpose of the organization is to share knowledge about marine mammals, their health, and that of their environment, and encourage the global conservation of these animals and their environment.
Initially, the organization was founded by three local citizens, and has expanded its program within its 600 mile operating range. Now, the organization relies heavily on its 1,000+ volunteers who help rescue and rehabilitate injured sea lions, and also participate in the educating portion of the organization’s duties. These people volunteer because they are passionate about the work they do and believe their hard work is being done for good.
It was an incredible thing to learn about and truly touched my heart. I was unaware of all the work that went into conserving the health of these animals, and was impacted to find out the amount of effort by caring humans that is put into this organization.
If you are like me, and love animals, I encourage you to seek organizations that are similar to this one. If you are from the bay area, go to the Marine Mammal Center and find out more information here—find out how you can help and become involved.
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Have a great day and a great week!