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Saving Sea Turtles with Laughter!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Event News, Featured | 0 comments

Join us for Saving Sea Turtles with Laughter, a night of laughter and fun! Local comedians will have you in stitches, all to benefit the sea turtle and seal patients here at the National Marine Life Center. What: Saving Sea Turtles with Laughter Comedy NightWhen: Friday, December 13, 2019, doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pmWhere: Sandwich Hollows Golf Club, 1 Round Hill Road, East Sandwich, MAWhy: To raise money to help stranded sea turtlesCost: $25, tickets available online Featuring: Light refreshments Cash bar Opportunity drawings...

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Harvest Splash & Stuff-A-Truck for Turtles!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Event News, Featured | 0 comments

Take a break from the crowds at the mall and join us for “Harvest Splash & Stuff-A-Truck for Turtles” – our Thanksgiving Weekend Open House! What: Open House & “Stuff-A-Truck” for Turtles event Where: National Marine Life Center, 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA When: Friday, November 29 through Sunday, December 1 Time: 10 am to 5 pm dailyBehind-the-Scenes tours offered at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm In Thanks for your support, we are offering FREE Admission for this Splash! Donations gratefully accepted. All donations...

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Spectacle of Trees – win a tree and $12,000 of gifts!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2019 in Event News, Featured | 0 comments

“Follow the Light” and help sea turtles this holiday season!  Donate $10 for a chance to win this beautifully decorated tree and over $12,000 worth of gifts! There’s something for everyone…. The National Marine Life Center’s “Follow the Light” holiday tree is adorned with marine animal ornaments, gold sparkling ribbon, and other beach themed trinkets. Our beautifully decorated tree is dedicated to the sea turtle hatchlings that follow the light to the ocean each year after hatching. It includes a...

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Spooky Splash Open House

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019 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 cold-stunned sea turtles of the year will soon strand. You can learn more about marine animals, strandings, and spooky ocean animals at Spooky Splash, our Halloween Open House! WHAT: Spooky Splash Open HouseWHEN: Wednesday, October 30, 2019TIME: 3:30-7:30 pmWHERE: National Marine Life Center, 120 Main Street, Buzzards BayADMISSION: $5/person; Members FREE!Admissions help care for sick turtles and seals. Come in costume!...

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STEM: S is for Science

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in Featured, Teaching | 2 comments

To define science or to explain what it is can be very challenging. Mirriam-Webster Dictionary provides multiple definitions but I think the most fitting is as follows… “Science: knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method”. The scientific method guides even the youngest of curious minds through the steps of observing something (a phenomena), developing a hypothesis and predictions, implementing testing methods,...

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New coffee blend raises funds to help sea turtles

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in Featured, Shoutouts | 0 comments

Hot off the roaster – a new coffee blend to help the National Marine Life Center raise money to rehabilitate cold-stunned sea turtles! Neptune's Blend Coffee Neptune's Blend is a small batch, dark roast, ground coffee from Blakhart Coffee. 100% of the proceeds help rehabilitate cold-stunned sea turtles at NMLC. Free shipping (continental U.S. only). While supplies last. ...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- Answer August 2019

Posted by on Sep 2, 2019 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is my friend Acanthocheilonema spirocauda, a filarial parasite. It is commonly found in harbor seals but can also be found in hooded seals, ringed seals and harp seals. It is not yet a huge threat to seal populations but does cause infections like anorexia, fatigue, heart and lung illnesses as well as death. It has been proposed that the vector between A. spirocauda and seals is the seal louse Echinophthirius horridus. A. spirocauda infects seals all over the world from the United States to the Baltic Sea and Netherlands at different...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- August 2019

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

The second worm of this 2019 parasite blog series is another one of my favorites, one that I have researched a fair amount. This is a parasite that has an undetermined life cycle and primarily affects yearling seals. Defining characteristics of this parasite are differences in the spicules as well as anatomical differences between males and females. In this parasite the right spicule is spoon shaped whereas the left spicule is long and thin. The body of this parasite is long and tapers towards the posterior end, while the anterior end is...

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Patient Update: August 18th, 2019

Posted by on Aug 18, 2019 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Weanling season is here! Weanling seals no longer need their mom and are venturing out on their own! Remember, it is illegal to be within 150 ft of any marine mammal in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). If you feel like they’re sick/injured/need help, call your local stranding hotline: IFAW: 508-743-9548; Cape Cod up to Plymouth Marine Mammal Alliance: 833-667-6626; Nantucket New England Aquarium: 617-973-5247; Plymouth up to Gloucester Seacoast Science Center:  603-436-8043; Gloucester through New...

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Patient Update: August 12th, 2019

Posted by on Aug 12, 2019 in Animals, Featured | 2 comments

  TURTLE RELEASE!!  Our last three Kemp’s Ridleys from the sea turtle class of 2018 have been released! Scuttle, Tunbridge, and Ladybug had their veterinary exams last week, and we were able to see that they put on an average of 5 kg, or 11 pounds since taken into care at NMLC! Once the Cape Cod waters warmed up to around 75 degrees, they were approved to be released here, rather than down south. The trio was released off of Chappaquiddick island on the ocean side of the Cape. This will help get them on the right track and...

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