Marin County Headlands
37d 50' 05" N 122d 31' 51" W
Just five miles west of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, there’s a hospital where no patient has insurance and fish is always on the menu. Tucked into the scenic Marin County Headlands, the Marine Mammal Center treats Pacific harbor seals, northern elephant seals and other pinnipeds, giving visitors an intimate view of wildlife rescue.
SEA LION 911: Staff and volunteers cover a range of more than 600 square miles, locating and transporting stranded, sick or injured animals to the center for care. Conditions treated range from malnutrition and net entanglement to gunshot wounds and disease; patient stays average three to four months.
SCORE A TOUR: Check out the center for free; self-guided audio tours and docentled tours also are available and highly recommended. (It costs $7. Discounts are available; see website for details.)