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Patient Update: April 3, 2020

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

  SEALS A lot has been going on at NMLC lately, especially with the large number of seal patients that we’ve had! In the month of March, we’ve admitted 5 more seals, and also released 5!   PAST PATIENTS On March 2nd, we finally said goodbye to our last Harry Potter seal, Helga Hufflepuff, along with Cape Pogue and Nubble (pictured in order below)! Helga wasted no time in bouncing her way back to the ocean, as this was her second release. To learn more, read our past patient update! Nubble hesitated at first, but then let out his famous...

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Aquatic Adventure: Eat Like a Whale

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

Welcome to the Aquatic Adventure: Eat Like a Whale Let’s investigate how whales eat! Then, join in on an experiment to see what household items best mimic the feeding strategies and adaptations of these sensational cetaceans. You will need:  1 set of grill tongs 1-2 paintbrushes 1 comb A container of dried herbs Small colorful objects such as sprinkles, glitter, or beads Small toys no bigger than your thumb but no smaller than a penny 1 clear container for water that has room for 2 hands 1 towel   Check out the Aquatic Adventures...

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Aquatic Adventure Activity: Make Your Own Manatee Story

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

Welcome to the first Aquatic Adventure Activity. The National Marine Life Center will be producing an Aquatic Adventure Activity every Wednesday and Friday, posting the resources to Facebook at 11AM each morning. Blog posts may also be created. We hope these adventures and activities help you learn and enjoy the aquatic world around you.  If you have suggestions for Aquatic Adventures and the activities. Contact us at to share your ideas.  It’s your turn to write a story about Manatees. Use this guide below as a...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month Answer- February 2020

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

These parasites are Halarachne halichoeri also known as nasal mites. They are found inside the nares (or nostrils) of seals. They impact the respiratory system and reside inside the nasopharynx. The adults remain stationary inside the nares of the host while the larvae are transmitted to other seals through coughing and close proximity.     Sources Reckendorf, A., Wohlsein, P., Lakemeyer, J., Stokholm, I., von Vietinghoff, V., & Lehnert, K. (2019). There and back again–The return of the nasal mite Halarachne halichoeri to seals in...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- February 2020

Posted by on Feb 24, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

These Arthropods are a species of mite commonly found in phocids, like the seals here at NMLC. The mites are only about 3 mm long. Interestingly adults have 8 legs while the larvae appear to only have 6 legs (though in fact they also have 8 legs). Name this parasite and where in (or on) the seals they are found. Posted by Nicole H. Nicole is a spring 2020 intern at the National Marine Life...

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Patient Update: February 23, 2020

Posted by on Feb 23, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 1 comment

Welcome to the National Marine Life Center’s first patient update of the decade! We’ve had a pretty busy season here already—from caring for cold-stunned sea turtles to treating sick and injured seals—we are looking forward to another year filled with science, education, and of course rehabilitation and release of marine wildlife! SEALSWith each new year comes a new naming theme for our seal patients, and this year we are very excited to be naming them after Lighthouses of New England! Some of you may be familiar with our 2019...

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Summer Day Programs 2020!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2020 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

The National Marine Life Center is proud to once again offer our Summer Day Programs – back bigger and better than ever before! Learners and explorers ages 5-17 will have the “BEST SUMMER EVER” making new friends, getting outdoors to explore our coastal ecosystem, engaging in activities and games, and of course exploring the ways in which we can all help care for the ocean and the animals that live there!  All programs will dive into the world of marine animal biology and conservation as you spend time getting to know...

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Open House! For the Love of Turtles

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 in Event News, Featured | 0 comments

Do you love turtles? Have you ever wondered how the National Marine Life Center cares for endangered species of turtles like the Kemp’s ridley or the Northern red-bellied cooter? Have you got a turtle story to share, perhaps how you’ve helped them cross the road? Then join us… For the Love of Turtles, our February Open House! What:  For the Love of Turtles Open HouseWhen:  Saturday, February 15, 2020Time:  10 am – 2 pmWhere:  National Marine Life Center, 120 Main Street, Buzzards BayCost: ...

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February Vacation Week 2020

Posted by on Feb 8, 2020 in Event News, Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

Discover marine life with classes and fun for the whole family! Have you ever wanted to know how we feed our Marine Animal Hospital patients? Maybe you are really excited to feel the weight of a walrus tusk or to see the inside of sea turtle shell. Would you like to see our patients learn to  eat fish on their own or play with enrichment devices? You can do all of this and more at the National Marine Life Center’s Marine Animal Discovery Center! Our Discovery Center will be open during February Vacation Week, February 15-23,...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- Answer January 2020

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

These are Acanthocephalans or thorny headed worms. They use their proboscis (shown below) to burrow into the intestine. The hooks on the proboscis help them to pierce and attach to the intestinal mucosa. These hooks also serve as a way to differentiate between species. The number and size of hooks as well as the size of the proboscis varies between species. Pictured is Corynosoma wegeneri, the species found in local pinnipeds.   Sources Amin, Omar M. (1998) Marine Flora and Fauna of eastern United States, Acanthocephala, 1-5. Raja, Juan...

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