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The Humboldt Bay Critter Crawl is a non-competitive open water swim, held to benefit the North Coast Marine Mammal Center in Crescent City.
The North Coast Marine Mammal Center is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals along the northern most coast of California. Each year the NMMC responds to hundreds of calls about distressed marine mammals, transporting sick and injured animals to their volunteer run facility in Crescent City. The cost of feeding seals and sea lions ranges from $7-15 per animal, per day, in addition to housing, medical care, and transport, among other expenses. All donations made to sponsor our swim will directly benefit the NMMC.
The event consists of 2 current assisted swims beginning near the opening to Humboldt Bay. The short course, 0.7 mile swim ends at the Samoa boat ramp and campground. The long course, 4.5 mile swim continues along the Eureka city front to the Woodley Island Marina. The swim will be held this year on Sunday, July 15, 2018
Now in its fifth year, the Critter Crawl has attracted swimmers from as far away as Southern California and the San Francisco Bay area along with local open water swimmers and triathletes. Collectively, we have raised thousands of dollars to help support our pinniped friends, while enjoying the beautiful and invigorating waters of Humboldt Bay. If you wish to participate this year and/or make a donation, please go to http://events.eventzilla.net/e/humboldt-bay-critter-crawl-2018-2138935846