SAUSALITO, Calif.--The Marine Mammal Center
, a unique environmental organization that watches over marine mammals for more than 600 miles of California's coastline, has a legacy of protecting sea life going back to 1975. CNET got an insider's tour of the center this week, which sits just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and happens to be housed in a decommissioned Nike missile site.
This marine rehabilitation hospital has rescued and treated more than 16,000 elephant seals, sea lions, whales, sea otters, harbor seals, fur seals, dolphins, and harbor porpoises.
Recently, the center celebrated a milestone in its 36-year history by rescuing its 10,000th California sea lion, seen here, aptly named Milestone.