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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- January 2020

Posted by on Jan 23, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is another parasite commonly found in the seals at NMLC. They can be found in the intestine of most species of seals, sea lions and walruses. They are very small in size (4-9mm) and lack a digestive system. Name this parasite and the defining feature that allows it to attach to its...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- Answer November 2019

Posted by on Nov 25, 2019 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is Diplogonoporus tetrapterus, a tapeworm most commonly found in the intestines of seals. This worm is characterized by its scolex, which is short and pyriform with two grooved suckers. The scolex is used to attach itself to the intestine of the host. It can also be characterized by the multiplication of reproductive organs in their proglottids. This parasite has two kinds of strobila, an uncommon characteristic among cestodes. One type of strobila has multiple sets of reproductive organs per proglottid while the other has a single set. ...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- November 2019

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is a worm commonly seen in the seals that come into NMLC for rehabilitation. It is typically 4-6.5 mm wide and can be several feet long. Its definitive hosts are seals, sea lions and sea otters. The specific details of their life cycles are unknown, but it is hypothesized that there are two intermediate hosts. The first is most likely a marine copepod and the second  a marine fish. What is this parasite? What are the defining characteristics of this parasite? Where do you think it is found in...

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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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