Sausalito CA (06/14/2017) – “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
A group of our residents found out what some of those secrets were when we visited the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito recently. The Center, which overlooks Rodeo Beach and the beautiful Pacific Ocean, is open to the public and offers audio tours as well as docent led tours.
We opted for an 11:00 am tour, and we were lucky enough to have the sun shining on us which warmed the ocean breeze.
The docent led tour taught us about harmful algal blooms which can cause serious problems in the marine ecosystem, affecting fish, mammals and even birds. Each part affects the other and can even affect humans through eating contaminated fish.
We were able to learn how some of the 77 “patients” are so young or were abandoned, that they need to be fed and then later taught how to chase and catch fish on their own, before being released back into the wild.
The deck overlooking the pens gave us the opportunity to see the seals and sea lions being fed and sunning themselves in their own pools. It also gave our residents a chance to ask questions to the Center’s staff about the day-to-day activities there.
Our visit proved a nice diversion and expanded our knowledge about our ocean neighbors. We’ll definitely be back for a picnic!
Our outdoor adventures are part of the Vibrant Life® Program at WindChime of Marin, where we strive to combine feelings, imagination and thought and help feed the soul. We encourage family members to share our adventures, too! Come along and #BEADVENTUROUS!