Our outreach team offers adult seminars that provide an opportunity to get to know the NMMF and learn more about our programs and latest marine mammal science. If you have a group that is interested in an adult seminar, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. **Currently, we are only conducting these seminars virtually.
We are currently offering webinars on topics that closely mirror all of our workshop topics. We are offering some public webinars, but we can also schedule webinars with individual groups. Alternatively, you can fill out the form below.
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Marine Mammal Fun Facts
California sea lions (Zalophus californianus)
In the Pacific Ocean, you also will find California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). California sea lions are faster than any other seal or sea lion species and can swim at speeds of 25 mph. Unlike harbor seals, California sea lion’s back flippers rotate forward, giving them the ability to walk (and climb) quite efficiently on land. Sea lions are generally larger in size than harbor seals and are typically brown in color (versus the spotted patterns on harbor seals). Male sea lions also have a large “bump” on their head called a sagittal crest. Can you identify the male in these photos? Comment on the photo!!
Keep an eye out for these very vocal friends the next time you’re at the beach, but be sure to remember that they are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and must be observed from a distance (not to mention their speed and large teeth)!
Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardii)
In the Pacific Ocean you will definitely find Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardii). These small Pinnipeds (their name literally means “fin footed”!) are very skittish but can often be found scoping off the shore. They frequently get confused with California sea lions, but these cute little fellas can be properly identified by their small flippers. When you see them on land, they inch on their stomachs like an inchworm and their coloration is usually a spotted pattern of shades of black and white. Also, unlike their sea lion cousins, they don’t have any ear flaps!
Next time you’re at the beach, keep your eyes out for these cute little friends! But remember to watch from a distance and respect their space.
Marine Mammal Fact Sheets (AMMPA)
Advice from the Ocean
Dolphin Doctor Resources
Mini Ocean Ambassadors
Ocean themed learning resources for little ones (toddler to elementary school age). Tag us in your art on Instagram @nmmfoundation or use #nmmf-art! We would love to see your creations!
We are excited to launch NMMF’s #OceanStories — a special ocean themed storytime for young children with readings from our marine mammal scientists, veterinarians, animal care experts, and educators. We aim to inspire the next generation of ocean ambassadors and help parents provide a few minutes of entertainment for their children during this challenging time. If you would like to join the effort and contribute an ocean-themed story reading, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.