What we’re all about.
The Humboldt Bay Critter Crawl is a non-competitive open water swim to benefit local charities caring for wild and domestic animals. This is a current assisted 4.5-mile swim from the opening of the bay along the Eureka city front to the Woodley Island Marina. As open water swimmers who love our stretch of ocean, local bay, and lagoons, it seems particularly appropriate to dedicate this, our inaugural swim, to helping support the natural denizens of these waters.
What to expect:
The North Coast Marine Mammal Center is a private non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals along the northernmost 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. This year the NMMC has taken in record numbers of injured, starving, and dehydrated Northern Elephant Seals, severely depleting an already strained budget while previously available operational grants and other resources have dwindled.
All donations made to sponsor our swim will directly benefit the NMMC at a time when additional funds are desperately needed.
How to register:
We are excited to announce that the Critter Crawl is on again this year! It will be held Sunday, July 25, 2021. More details and registration info to follow in the upcoming weeks.