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Patient Update November 7th

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Patient Update November 7th   Seals:             Jones Jones has done very well in DJF, one of our larger seal tanks. As a result of the spread of the Unusual Mortality Event down as far south as Virginia, we were no longer able to release these healthy animals without further intervention. We vaccinated our three seal patients against Phocine Distemper Virus (PDV), and they will receive a booster shot for this in a few weeks’ time, after which they will be ready for release! Jones specifically has done...

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Patient Update October 26th

Posted by on Oct 26, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Seals:             Jones Jones is doing well without any significant health changes. All three of our current harbor seal patients have reached release weight, but due to the Pinniped Unusual Mortality Event, we have had to hold on to these three individuals for longer than is typical. With cases indicative of Phocine Distemper Virus appearing in Rhode Island, the UME is spreading and we will await word from the proper authorities about a new course of action regarding the release of these animals. In the...

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Spooky Splash Open House

Posted by on Oct 24, 2018 in Event News, Featured | 0 comments

Join us for our October Open House! It’s that spoooooky time of year again…. Amongst the ghosts and goblins, the first sea turtles of the year are starting to strand, cold-stunned. You can learn more about marine animals, strandings, and spooky ocean animals at Spooky Splash, our Halloween Open House! WHAT: Spooky Splash Open House WHEN: Monday, October 29, 2018 TIME: 3:30-7:30 pm WHERE: National Marine Life Center, 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay ADMISSION: $5/person; Members FREE! Admissions help care for sick turtles and...

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Win Winnie!

Posted by on Oct 20, 2018 in Event News, Featured | 1 comment

Winnicut is a female harbor seal weanling that stranded earlier this year, on January 12, in Hampton, New Hampshire. Suffering from respiratory distress and a parasitic infection, she nevertheless had a fighting spirit that quickly captured our hearts. Three months and hours of care later, we were excited to release Winnie back into the wild. On March 14, 2018, she swam off into the great blue. Now, noted Cape Cod artist Forrest Pirovano, has created a one-of-a-kind painting of Winnie. He donated it to NMLC to help raise funds for seal...

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Patient Update: October 10th

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Seals:                         Androscoggin “Andy”, Chicopee, Pawcatuck “Tuck”, and Piscataqua “Cat” Andy, Chicopee, Tuck and Cat were released on October 4th, 2018. Due to the declared Unusual Mortality Event, these animals were held back from release in order to undergo testing for Influenza A and Phocine Distemper Virus. As a result of this, they were held in our facility for slightly longer than is typical for these animals. When all these factors were considered, we...

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Patient Update October 3rd

Posted by on Oct 5, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Seals:                                             Androscoggin “Andy”, Chicopee, Pawcatuck “Tuck”, and Piscataqua “Cat”   The Tank 2 Crew is doing well without any significant health changes. This past week they received a pre-release examination to determine their weight, length, and overall health regarding a potential release. After careful examination of these seals by our team of veterinarians, it was...

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Sugar Undergoes an Eye Procedure

Posted by on Sep 28, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 2 comments

On Tuesday, September 26th, Sugar – one of our maternally dependent harbor seal pup patients – underwent a minor eye surgery. This was decided upon after multiple courses of treatments for ocular lesions in her right eye showed no signs of improvement. The primary lesion was likely caused by a viral infection, Phocine Herpes Virus (PHV-1), which created an ulcer in her eye followed by a secondary bacterial infection that got into the ulcer resulting in a clouded cornea and squinting. In extreme cases, this can lead to loss of the...

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Patient Update: September 26th

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 1 comment

Seals:                               Androscoggin “Andy”, Piscataqua “Cat”, Chicopee, and Pawcatuck “Tuck” The Tank 2 crew are all doing very well with no significant changes to their health. They are all steadily gaining weight, Cat (bottom right) and Andy (top left) weighed in today at 29.1 kg and 30 kg respectively! Chicopee (top right) continues to be unbothered by the loss of her eye, and Tuck (bottom left) just received a preliminary exam to track...

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Patient Update: September 12th

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Seals:                         Androscoggin “Andy” and Piscataqua “Cat” Andy (Bottom) and Cat (Top) are both doing incredibly well with no recent health changes. We at the National Marine Life Center have taken additional samples for testing to determine whether or not our animals have been exposed to the viruses that are impacting local seal populations. They have both continuously gained weight and we will await further instruction regarding a potential...

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Science Education Matters!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

“Oh, I hate science,” nine-year-old Sarah* stated matter-of-factly during a recent week long educational program at the National Marine Life Center. “But you’re here!” I said in surprise, “You’re in this program!” “But I love animals!”, she replied, as if the answer was obvious. Four days later, Sarah proudly demonstrated to her parents how she learned to test water quality and why this is important for the health of marine animals in rehabilitation. She collected a water sample, measured its temperature, salinity, and pH,...

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