Sea Lion Barker – 2017 #7

Jolly Pops

Ladies and Gentlemen. You are in for a musical treat tonight, the 16th of February. Everyone on your feet. Please silence your cell phone and give a big Little Tokyo welcome to Pavlo Simtikidis and his Mediterranean style band of magical melody makers. Woo hoo!!

How does that sound? I’m practicing my introduction for world-renowned guitarist Pavlo in case 38 Whiskers lets me usher in MMCC LA’s first benefit concert. I offered to be the opening act. But, after a lot of hemming and hawing I heard the show producers mumble something like “thanks … but we’ve got it covered.”

Jolly Pops highly recommends you get your tickets today. The 198 seat intimate theater in Little Tokyo is certain to sell out. Tickets are a great present for all holidays being celebrated, even birthdays!

For directions, more information and online ticket sales, visit



Oh my. Just when I thought I’d seen everything I came across these awesomely artistic leggings on our online gift shop. Talk about dazzling! Artist Dana Zurzolo hooked us up with a sterling undersea design that looks stylish and flashy. Order yours today! 


Lunch was lovely on Tuesday with coloring book story author Sara Beacham. It doesn’t get much better than an In N Out burger and fries while bantering about story lines in the sequel. For now, be sure to snag our first edition on Amazon Smile. 

Don’t forget there is still time to make a tax-deductible donation in 2017, or even use your donation to become a member of MMCC Los Angeles. You’ll be helping us get ready to help sea lion pups that are starting to arrive for medical treatment, shelter and food.

38 Whiskers


If another person asks me if I’m ready for the holidays I just may become curt and short-tempered. I thought I was doing well at steering clear of holiday hoopla, but it seems I report to someone inflicted with irritable boss syndrome. Scrooge is an improvement over the Ebenezer channeling curmudgeon who assigned me to round up local marina and yachter types to listen to the local National Marine Fisheries guru tell them how to “be seal savvy” if a member of the aforementioned species appears on a boat or dock.

Is a seminar really needed? If I were in charge, I’d get it over with in two words. Stay away. But, I guess that misses the point of people having time to swap stories about how a seal that was “this big” climbed onto their boat. Local rescue guy Peter Wallerstein just brought us a little pup that crawled onto a boat 5 miles from shore and another that climbed onto a squid boat.


Maybe it happens more than you think?  But I digress.  The public is invited on Saturday, January 20th from 9:00-12:00 to come to our hospital in San Pedro. Visit our patients and, at 10:00 a.m., Mr. Justin Viezbicke of NMFS will give you the 411 about deterring seals and sea lions and about other interesting coastline factoids.


Until then.

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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