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The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro will host its annual Seal Day on Saturday, July 31. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Care Center)
The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro will host its annual Seal Day on Saturday, July 31. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Care Center)

Live music and food trucks will help mark the Marine Mammal Care Center’s annual celebration Saturday, July 31 — though the stars, as usual, will be the San Pedro facility’s adorable seals and sea lions.

The annual Seal Day event, returning live and in person for the first time since 2019, celebrates the work the center does to rescue and rehabilitate sea lions and seals that arrive sick, injured, malnourished, stranded or orphaned. The center takes in animals from more than 70 miles of beaches, stretching from Malibu to Seal Beach.  Once they are strong enough, the animals are released back into the ocean.

Seal Day, usually held in June each year, highlights the center’s work while offering games, information booths, prizes, music, refreshments and opportunities to see the animals as they are cared for and fed.

It’s also a fundraiser for the facility, located in Angel’s Gate Park, 3601 S. Gaffey St.

“Las year, due to the pandemic, we were not able to have this event,” said center President Amber Becerra. “We feel grateful to be able to come together with our community who have been our biggest supporters and celebrate the important work we do.”

Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Online reservations are required and early time slots are filling up quickly. Face masks will be required.

If you go

What: Seal Day

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 31

Where: Marine Mammal Care Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., in San Pedro

Cost: Free, but donations encouraged

Information and reservations: marinemammalcare.org/sealday.

Via dailybreeze.com

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