Donations to PMMC today on #GivingTuesday help prepare for upcoming rescue season

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday, refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center Events and Public Relations Coordinator Krysta Higuchi says, “Giving Tuesday on December 3 is a very important fundraiser for us.” 

“During what’s become an abbreviated ‘off season,’ our animal care team has been purposefully preparing for a potentially dismal year for marine mammal strandings. We are hoping for the best, but planning for the worst,” reports Peter Chang, CEO at PMMC. 

“In 2019 PMMC to date has rescued 187 marine mammals. From endangered Guadalupe fur seals, harbor seals, and dolphins, this year has been unusual to say the least,” says Higuchi.

PMMC is asking for help in preparing for the upcoming season. Higuchi says, “We’ve already rescued three California sea lion pups, normally not seen until February. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving and that generosity can be contagious.

As word spread about another warm water blob similar to the one in 2014, PMMC is now preparing for a busy coming season. 

Donations to Yoda

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Yoda, a very malnourished sea lion pup rescued on Nov 27 (along with two adult females also rescued that day)

According to, about five years ago, “the Blob” of warm ocean water disrupted the West Coast marine ecosystem and depressed salmon returns. Now, a new expanse of unusually warm water has quickly grown in much the same way, in the same area, to almost the same size. 

The warm expanse building off the West Coast stretches roughly from Alaska south to California. It ranks as the second largest marine heatwave in terms of area in the northern Pacific Ocean in the last 40 years, after “the Blob.”

“It’s on a trajectory to be as strong as the prior event,” said Andrew Leising, a research scientist at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla. He developed a system for tracking and measuring heatwaves in the Pacific Ocean using satellite data. “Already, on its own, it is one of the most significant events that we’ve seen.” 

NOAA Fisheries is focusing additional monitoring on the new heatwave, designated the Northeast Pacific Marine Heatwave of 2019. Given this disheartening news, it’s even more important to support PMMC for the upcoming season.

Now is the time to donate. Participating in #GivingTuesday can inspire others to join in! 

To donate on the PMMC Facebook page today for a chance for the donations to be doubled, click here. 

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