"I just think (seals) are adorable," she said. "I've always loved animals and I want to do anything I can to help."
And bring her love for the seals to life, Emmy Award-winning host Ellen DeGeneres is lending her famous name to Dawn Saves Wildlife, a Web-based program to educate visitors about how they can help save the environment and protect aquatic animals from pollution.
Working on the project, the 48-year-old comedian is set to become a virtual seal who heads up an environmentally conscious flock on the California Bay.
Site visitors can become virtual pelicans, penguins, ducks or seals and form "flocks" with their friends as they learn simple sea-saving steps, like recycling used motor oil and disposing of cooking grease in sealed containers.
"All these things are so easy," DeGeneres said on the site aims to reach one million visitors, "that if we all did them, it would make such a huge difference".