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A Day in the Life of an NMLC Intern!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Animals | 0 comments

A Day in the Life of an NMLC Intern!

At 9:30 on Tuesday morning, I arrive to open up the Discovery Center, where I work until 1:30pm. There, I educate visitors about marine animals and tell them about our patients using the live video feed into our hospital. At 11am, I run the Little Flippers program, reading books to and doing crafts with children ages 3-8 to teach them the importance of caring for our oceans. After my lunch break, I go into the hospital at 2pm to start my afternoon shift, which runs until 8pm. First, I make fish gruel, which consists of blended fish, vitamins,...

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Marine Mammal Health & Stranding Response Program

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Animals | 0 comments

“Why do marine mammals strand?” Marine mammal strandings mostly occur due to disease/parasite infestation, harmful algal blooms, injuries from ship strikes, fishery entanglements, pollution exposure, trauma, or starvation.  The Marine Mammal Health & Stranding Response Program plays a key role in preventing and treating marine mammal strandings from these influences. It was formalized in 1992 by amendments to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It is composed of stranding networks, responses/investigations of mortality events,...

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Celebrate Wildlife at the Cape Cod Wildlife Festival!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Event News | 0 comments

Celebrate Wildlife at the Cape Cod Wildlife Festival!

Celebrate Wildlife and help keep #CapeCodWild! The Cape Cod Wildlife Collaborative is sponsoring its 8th  Annual Cape Cod Wildlife Festival this Saturday. FESTIVAL DETAILS WHEN: Saturday, September 9th, 2017 TIME: 10 am – 3 pm WHERE: Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable The Festival is FREE to the public and features family-friendly education and entertainment. Live animal education presentations with Rick the Creature Teacher at 11 am and 1 pm. Books by the Sea of Centerville: book signing...

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Meet the Permanent Residents of NMLC!

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Animals | 0 comments

Meet the Permanent Residents of NMLC!

The National Marine Life Center is home to three resident turtles, aside from our usual sea turtle patients.  The three residents include two box turtles, Violet and Daisy, as well a diamondback terrapin named Lindsay. Daisy and Violet came to us in 2014 after being rescued from an illegal animal situation in New Bedford, MA, where the owner wanted to use them to make animal products for profit.  As box turtles, Daisy and Violet are terrestrial turtles, so they are strictly land turtles.  Daisy and Violet have very different personalities,...

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From Pups to Weanlings: What’s on the Menu?

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Animals | 0 comments

From Pups to Weanlings: What’s on the Menu?

During peak pupping season for Harbor Seals here at NMLC, our patients are fed every four hours beginning at 7am until 11pm.  When Harbor Seal pupping season begins in late spring, we begin to receive our first patients of the season that have either been abandoned by mom due to human interaction, or simply because the mom has the instinct that the pup will not thrive. The pups we receive are maternally dependent pups, so we must take on the role of mom in teaching them necessary behaviors, but most importantly we must feed them an incredibly...

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The Two Different Kinds of Whales in the World: Toothed Whales vs. Baleen Whales

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Featured | 0 comments

The Two Different Kinds of Whales in the World: Toothed Whales vs. Baleen Whales

There are about 86 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the world’s oceans, and they are divided into two distinct groups: Mysticetes (baleen whales) and Odontocetes (toothed whales). There is a very different body morphology between whales with teeth and whales with baleen, as well as a big difference in what/how they eat. Baleen whales eat by taking a large amount of water into their mouths, shutting their mouth, and moving their tongue up to the roof of their mouth which forces all the water out through the baleen. The baleen...

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Emmy Rosseal: A Quick Recovery

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Animals | 4 comments

Emmy Rosseal: A Quick Recovery

Emmy Rosseal, named after Emmy Rossum, arrived to the National Marine Life Center on July 18, 2017 after narrowly escaping from a shark attack. She was found along Ballston beach in Truro, Massachusetts after being rescued by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Upon her arrival she was examined to asses her conditions and begin treating her large shark wound. She was determined to have lymphopia, or low white blood cells, as well as hyperglycemia, or abnormally high glucose levels, within her blood most likely due to stress. It...

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Turtle Release: Eight Kemp’s Ridleys Go Home

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Animals | 0 comments

Turtle Release: Eight Kemp’s Ridleys Go Home

During the brutal winter months of 2016-2017, over 450 Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles stranded throughout Massachusetts due to “cold stunning,” otherwise known as severe hypothermia. At the National Marine Life Center, we help rehabilitate these turtles in hopes of restoring their population numbers since Kemp’s Ridley turtles are not only one of the smallest, but also the most endangered species of sea turtle in the world. Most of the turtles that came through our doors this past winter were also treated for pneumonia, parasitic...

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Interactions between Sharks and Seals off the coast of Cape Cod

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Animals | 1 comment

Interactions between Sharks and Seals off the coast of Cape Cod

One of the big draws for tourists to the Cape over the past few years has been the ever growing Grey Seal population. This has also attracted another kind of visitor to the waters off Cape Cod: the Great White Shark! Great White populations off the coast of the Cape have increased significantly over the past decade, and especially during the past 3 years with sightings going from 80 individuals in 2014 to 147 in 2016. There have already confirmed at least 9 individuals so far this season. These apex predators are here following their favorite...

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Strandings: Harbor Seals vs. Grey Seals

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Strandings: Harbor Seals vs. Grey Seals

With Harbor Seal pup season in full swing at the National Marine Life Center, many visitors have been curious about why seals strand. Between the four species of seals that can be found within our harbor, harbor seals and grey seals are the two we primarily rehabilitate. During the different seasons of the year, stranding events occur for different reasons. Throughout the summer months, harbor seal pups are priority to give them the best shot at life. Thanks to our partnership with Marine Mammals of Maine, an organization located in Bath,...

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