Valentine’s Day is about appreciating the ones we care for.

At the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center, we’re celebrating this week by highlighting our love for protecting marine mammals and the oceans for all of you.

Our oceans circulate nutrients around our planet, similar to the way your heart distributes nutrients throughout your own body, and they even control our climate. When it comes to the heart of the matter, seals and sea lions are greatly affected by climate change and pollution. We can all be the heroes in the story of climate change. If you’d like to learn more about how you can help, stop by for a visit or read up here.

Now pucker up for some adorable photos of our marine mammals and their care-takers.

For seals, a kiss means putting their face near or touching the face of a trainer. Not only is it fun, it also builds trust between the trainer and the seal and offers a mental challenge as a new skill for the seal to learn.

Happy Valentine’s Day!