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ORCA: Rescue, Education, Science and Conservation Protecting Marine Life in the Eastern South Pacific

THE SOUTH PACIFIC MARINE MAMMAL CENTER

On May 24th, 2003, THE SOUTH PACIFIC MARINE MAMMAL CENTER started with the rehabilitation of "Oscar", the first South American sea-lion ever rescued, rehabilitated and released in Peru. Our Center was founded by marine vet Dr. Carlos Yaipen-Llanos at the age of 26. He is, and always has been, a marine mammal enthusiast and is the first qualified marine vet in the country, specially trained at Sarasota's Mote Marine Laboratory Whale and Dolphin Hospital and at the Marine Mammal Center based in Sausalito, California, both our Center's background for science and handling protocols. 

The South Pacific Marine Mammal Center's mission is to function as the headquarters of the non-profit organization ORCA for the rehabilitation of marine mammals, as well as penguins and sea turtles, for their release into their ocean home. With the South Pacific Marine Mammal Center as an specialized facility, ORCA promotes ecological values through education, research and public involvement in ocean conservation.

Species concerned: South American sea-lion (Otaria byronia); marine otter (Lontra felina); bottle-nose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus); dusky dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus), long and short beaked common dolphins (Delphinus capensis and Delphinus delphis); Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) and sea turtles.



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