Sea Lion Barker –2017 #6

Jolly Pops

Stowaways & Seal Savviness

Jolly the Jubilant Pops here! It’s here! It’s here! The coloring book arrived just in time for our Supplies for Seals Drive. And look who is on the front cover!


Pops is purring in paradise at the sight of my orange cap perched above my perky black eyes and nose, with a smile and spots donning the rest of my happy happy figure. Speaking of smile, you can buy this book in on Amazon Smile.  Or, come for a visit to our San Pedro hospital and education center and buy the book in our gift shop. It’s a perfect present for youngsters and adults. Stop in the visitors center.   Here’s Wheelhouse Rocker Gary Kovnat debuting our spiffy new plexiglass donation dollar dropper. I can see why he’s sporting a big smile. Everyone is jazzed after his band just finished entertaining our Supplies for Seals guests.


Ya know, our visitors center is a perfect outing over the holidays, and a perfect way to introduce family and friends to the great work we do at MMCC Los Angeles. You get a first hand view of the passion our staff and volunteers have for getting our patients healthy and whole so they can get back to their ocean home as soon as possible.

In fact, on January 20th from 9:00 to noon, come to MMCC for our inaugural “Be Seal Savvy” chat. We have our West Coast guy Justin V from National Marine Fisheries Service educating the public about what do when a seal or sea lion is on a boat or dock!


You boaters and marina types know what we are talking about here. Get your stories ready to tell to Justin and each other. Our colleague Peter from Marine Animal Rescue has a pretty good story. This napping sea lion climbed aboard 5 miles off shore, and rode on the boat all the way to land.

Invite everyone you know to this very interesting day. Meet Peter, who took the call from boat owners and came to rescue the sea lion. Also meet representatives of Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach.

Talk soon.




Parades, PV & Pedro

Out of breath but filled with inspiration and exhilaration! That’s pretty much how I feel after interviewing streets full of parade watchers on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon as our decked out Mobile Visitors Center taking part in neighborhood parades. It started out at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Holiday Parade of Lights, where we drove down Silver Spur and Deep Valley road amongst local bands and other float-type holiday vehicles for fawning fans! We even got a 3rd place prize!


Many thanks to new Mobile Visitor Ambassador Heather Stambaugh and our long-time volunteer Linda de Ambrosio and for driving the mobile VC. A few days earlier, Linda helped MMCC Los Angeles get a $1,000 donation from the California Trucking Association.


On Sunday, the mobile VC made its way down Pacific and 6th Streets in San Pedro, where thousands of Pedro families and friends enjoyed more than 100 entries in the parade put on by the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce. Our own Kelsey Wong dressed up as Splash, with fellow banner carriers Heather and Andrew leading the way.


Get used to these photos. Rumor has it our mobile VC is signed up for many community events in 2018! A cool website page is coming soon with a complete calendar.

Speaking of calendar, have you heard about the cool events coming soon? Here’s a little Save the Date Sneak Peak.

Jan 20th – 9:00 a.m. to noon at MMCC: What do I do if I find a Sea Lion on my boat?

Feb 16th – 8:00 p.m. at downtown Theatre: Pavlo Benefit Concert

TBD – Marine Mammal Anime Event

Dandi is feeling mighty fine about all of this!

38 Whiskers

Supplies, Selfies & Sara

Ask and ye shall receive. Build it and they will come. Bah humbug and something or other. Does the bossy boss know why Whiskers has a desk in the back office? Because 38 Whiskers doesn’t do slogans and slaps on the back socials. Yet, here I am studying a cheat sheet of feel good phrases to con my confidence into high-fiving ideas for holiday hoedowns and similar mindless meet and greets. It’s apparently some sort of team building exercise designed to get me to better understand the chipperness of a couple of we won’t name names reporters I work with. Oh no, it also says here that I’m to participate in a role reversal exercise, where I report on how fun was our Supplies for Seals Drive. Who has time for that! I’ve got bigger issues to indulge. I just got a letter from a lady from Idaho that includes her photo. She saw my selfie stand.


This frilly fan wants me to tape her picture over the head hole, take a picture, and post it on Facebook.

It’s a good thing my brown countenance hides blushing, because lo and behold in the same mandatory memo are pictures of tables topped with stacks of supplies and a story of a steady stream of caring neighbors who brought the bounty.


Notwithstanding my ornery opinions, it appears our Supplies for Seals Drive was a success! We put out the supplies SOS. Our donors ears were perked. Now our storage shed is stocked with paper towels and tp, disinfectant bleach and detergent, vegetable oil and karo syrup, nitrile gloves and trash bags. Apparently we had donors from all over Los Angeles County. Here’s Brenda from Glendale with Emma, Leilah and Matthew tagging along from Wrightwood.


Don’t look now, but I’m flappin’ my flippers with a Whiskers Woo Hoo. Hopefully Sara our coloring book story author didn’t catch that. I heard she’s working on a sequel that features me! I don’t want it made public that there is any waiver to my not-so-charming persona.


I’m pooped from thinking of all of this fun. Time for a nap.

The Sea Lion Barker can be reached at, 555 W. 5th St. 35th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

A publication of Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles, Inc. A 501(c)(3) charity. EIN 47-5249182.    

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