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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 away from...

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                                  Patient Update: August 4th, 2019

                                  Posted by on Aug 4, 2019 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

                                  Seals Pup season is well under way! 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 New England Aquarium: 617-973-5247; Plymouth up to Gloucester Seacoast Science Center:  603-436-8043; Gloucester through New Hampshire Marine Mammals of Maine: 1-800-532-9551; Maine south of Rockland Allied Whale: 1-800-532-9551; Maine north of...

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                                  Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- Answer July 2019

                                  Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

                                  This parasite is Otostrongylus circumlitis, one of my favorite lungworms. Their primary host is the harbor seal, but infections have also been found in grey seals and elephant seals. In infected elephant seals, Otostrongylus circumlitis can be found in the heart. Not only is this not the primary host, these worms should not be in the heart of the elephant seals, as this can be incredibly fatal.  When harbor seals or grey seals are infected, O. circumlitis primarily causes bronchitis or bronchopneumonia. Otostrongylus circumlitis matures in...

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                                  Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- July 2019

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

                                  This parasite is not necessarily tricky; it is in fact very common. Not only does this parasite infect seals on the east coast but it is also found on the west coast infecting seals that are not its primary host. Sometimes this parasite will go into organs that it does not go into in its primary host, which can be detrimental to those seal populations. This parasite is also stumping scientists because molecular assays designed to pick it up are not picking it up. It is thought that because this parasite infects seals on both coasts, it is...

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                                  Where in the World is Harbor Seal Jones? / Patient Update July 19th

                                  Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Animals, Featured | 2 comments

                                  Patient Update 7/19/19  Welcome back to the National Marine Life Center’s Patient Update! Summer is in full swing here at NMLC with our Discovery Center & Gift Shop now open for the season. Stop by daily from 10am – 5pm to learn about our current patients, get the inside scoop on what a normal day is like within our hospital, and check out our live-stream camera where you can view some of our patients in real time!  And the announcement you’ve probably all been waiting for, our harbor seal pup season has officially begun here...

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                                  Seal Release/Patient Update June 15th

                                  Posted by on Jun 15, 2019 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

                                  Patient Update 6/15/19 Welcome back to the National Marine Life Center’s Patient Update! As some of you may know, our Discovery Center & Gift Shop is now OPEN for the season. Come join us daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Learn about our current patients, the inner workings of our hospital, view a live-streaming camera of our hospital, and ask our summer interns as many questions about our patients and our resident Cape Cod seals as you please! Read on to hear about the continuing journey of some familiar patients, some new faces, and some...

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                                  TEACHER WORKSHOP: Go Under the Sea with STEM

                                  Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Featured, Teaching | 1 comment

                                  Join us for this One-Week Institute for Middle and High School Educators! REGISTER ON-LINE: https://www.wadeinstitutema.org/2019-cape-cod-region-summer-professional-development-institute/ Go Under the Sea with STEM and Investigate Marine Life From Open Ocean to Coastal Shores! Discover how technology and engineering have advanced the study of marine animal science as you explore the natural history of many diverse, fascinating, and often mysterious animals of the marine environment. ~ Engage with scientists in the field and discover new tools,...

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