• 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 rehabilitates sick, injured and stranded sea lions and seals. (Photo courtesy of Marine Mammal Care Center)

  • The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 31, for Seal Day. Online reservations are required. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Care Center)

  • Sea lions that have recovered at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro are released to the ocean at Royal Palms Beach. Left is the center’s animal husbandry manager, Lori Olsen, with the center’s veterinarian Lauren Palmer. (Photo by Karen Schuenemann)

  • Lori Olsen helps direct traffic at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Care Center)

  • “Freedom” was treated at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro for a gill net injury and was released back into the wild on Nov. 3, 2020, Election Day. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Care Center)

  • What’s a cute, recovering sea lion got to do with Halloween? Plenty, as Marine Mammal Care Center rebranded itself as a Scare Center offering kids a socially distanced trip through the center on Halloween, Oct. 31, 2020, Nico Licciardi dressed as a waste management worker and Asher Andrus as a firefighter attended. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro will host its annual Seal Day festival on Saturday, July 31. Reservations are required to attend. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Care Center)

  • Marine Mammal Care staff members Kelsey Wong, left, and Mike Remski release “Freedom,” a sea lion that was injured in a gill net and nursed back to health at the center in San Pedro. The yearling was released at Royal Palms in San Pedro on Wednesday, Nov. 3, Election Day, earning him the special name.

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.

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