BACKGROUND: Think of it as an emergency room for sea creatures. The folks at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center respond when dolphins, seals and whales wash up on area beaches and try to nurse them back to health.

The center's museum was established to display marine mammal artifacts for the purpose of public education. Visitors can view of 25 life-sized replicas of marine mammals and fish, all found or stranded in New Jersey waters. In addition, educational displays explain the plight of marine animals that ingest ocean debris.

INSIDER INFO: A "Please Touch" display of marine mammal bones features a sperm whale's jaw bone, dolphin spinal column, skulls, vertebrae and rib bones of small and large whales. There is also a gift shop.

WHERE: The center is located at 3625 Brigantine Blvd.,-74.903412&sspn=0.128119,0.307274&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=3625+Brigantine+Blvd,+Brigantine,+Atlantic,+New+Jersey+08203&ll=39.39528,-74.390767&spn=0.008374,0.019205&z=16&iwloc=lyrftr:m,592953659971866588,39.394799,-74.390166" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: There is no admission to the center, but donations are accepted. Hours are 10 to 2 p.m. Saturdays, 11 to 2 p.m. Sundays in April; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays in May; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily from Mid-June to Labor Day. Call 609-266-0538.