[People touring oiled wildlife center]

About 150 people attended a dedication ceremony on July 21 for the state's new Oiled Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center, the nation's first facility designed to rescue and treat sea otters and other marine animals injured in oil spills. The $5 million, 18,000-square-foot facility sits on university property adjacent to UCSC's Long Marine Lab. Scientists from UCSC and the California Department of Fish and Game will share laboratory and tank space at the center for research related to the toxicology of petroleum.

Here, senior veterinarian and center director David Jessup (beige jacket, at left front) leads a group on a tour of the facility's tank space. UCSC marine mammal researchers will use two of the tanks full-time.

Photos: Victor Schiffrin

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