I’m starting the third book! It’s going to be set at a marine rescue center, so this past weekend, Superman, Rene and I went to the Pacific Marine Mammal Rescue Center in Laguna for a little book research.
(More photos on the next page!) The sea lions here have made it out of their intensive-care units (where they are typically bottle-fed until they’ve gained enough strength) and have gained enough weight and strength to compete for fish, so the MMRC lets them practice in these pools. Once they’re strong enough to compete, they get released back into the wild.
These guys below were all “friends” but were too pushy with the other sea lions so they got their own pen:
There were lots of interactive displays and educational plaques all around the tiny outdoor center:
I’m sure I’ll be making a few more trips to the center for inspiration and research. It’s also a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon!