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The Importance of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Featured | 0 comments

The Importance of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972

Enacted by Congress in October of 1972, the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) is extremely important for the conservation of many marine mammal species. At the time of the law’s creation, there was scientific consensus that the human impact on marine ecosystems was concerning. The populations of marine mammals like seals, whales and porpoises were heavily affected by human activities, so the purpose of the MMPA was to prevent their numbers from dropping to the point where the species could not fulfill their role in the ecosystem. In 1994,...

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Meet Sealbert, Seally, and Giseale!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Featured | 4 comments

Meet Sealbert, Seally, and Giseale!

On June 6, 2017, the National Marine Life Center welcomed two new harbor seal pups, bringing us to ten seals!  Continuing our Sealebrity theme, our two new pups are named Sealbert Einstein and Seally Ride.  On June 20, 2017, NMLC welcomed our eleventh harbor seal pup, GIseale Bundchen.  All three pups were determined to be abandoned by their mothers and brought to NMLC to begin their rehabilitation for eventual release. Sealbert, named after German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, stranded in Falmouth, Maine and was brought to us...

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Meet Our Four New Rambunctious Pups!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017 in Animals | 1 comment

Sealvia Earle is our fifth harbor seal pup of this year’s harbor seal pupping season! She is named after Sylvia Earle, a marine biologist, author, lecturer, and National Geographic explorer-in-residence. Sealvia was picked up in Middle Hardwood Island, ME and brought to NMLC by Allied Whale at the College of the Atlantic. She was admitted weighing 7.4kgs with glossal ulcers, low sodium and oxygen levels, and hyponatremia caused by abandonement. She has gained almost a kilogram since being admitted and is starting to learn how to...

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NMLC Co-op Reflection – Amy

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Featured | 1 comment

NMLC Co-op Reflection – Amy

Picture this: you’re sitting at your desk in your dorm room completing your pile of homework with your roommate next to you when you check your email and find an offer letter from the National Marine Life Center. I am a student at Northeastern University and I am almost done with my first co-op here at the National Marine Life Center (co-op is just a fancy word for a 6 month internship). Getting the offer for the Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Education Co-op position completely made my day because this was my top choice. Upon...

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Reflecting on Co-op – Ali

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017 in Animals, Volunteers | 2 comments

Reflecting on Co-op – Ali

When I started thinking about the kind of co-op I wanted I had no idea where I would end up. I knew I wanted to work with animals, but once I started typing what I was looking for into the co-op search portal the job listings disappeared with every added criteria until I was left with almost nothing. My advisor suggested I look into the National Marine Life Center’s job listing and it was exactly what I was looking for. I applied for a few other co-ops but I knew that the one I really wanted was at NMLC. I was thrilled when I got the...

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Join Us for the Tenth Annual Mermaid Ball

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Event News, Featured | 0 comments

Join Us for the Tenth Annual Mermaid Ball

It is that time of year again! For the past ten years our wonderful staff and volunteers have planned and organized the Mermaid Ball. Along with the generous donations and support from our community and sponsors, we have been able to raise funds to rehabilitate our seal and turtle patients back into nature. The event includes a dinner and silent auction as well as fun opportunities to win prizes! Donations have already begun coming in, and there is still time to donate items! Items of all value are welcomed including trips, sporting goods,...

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Rachel Carseal and Ralph Waldo Emerseal are here!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Animals | 0 comments

Rachel Carseal and Ralph Waldo Emerseal are here!

­­Rachel Carseal, our third harbor pup seal of the 2017 harbor seal pupping season, was named after the legendary marine biologist, environmentalist, and writer Rachel Carson. After being stranded on Chebeague Island, Maine, the Marie Mammals of Maine brought her to us on May 23rd for examination and rehabilitation. She came in weighting 8.7 kg (19.18 lbs) and spanning 67 cm (26.38 in) with oral ulcers, low oxygen levels, and low sodium levels. Since May, she has been given fluids, antibiotics, and pup formula to help speed recovery. She now...

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Meet Jane Goodseal and Johnny Appleseal!

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Meet Jane Goodseal and Johnny Appleseal!

Harbor pup season has officially started here at NMLC. We expect to take in nearly a dozen pups which will bring our hospital to maximum capacity.  Johnny Appleseal is our first seal pup of the year! He was found in Plymouth, MA on April 13th, 2017, and brought to us by NEAQ.  He was admitted into the hospital with malnourishment, because he was abandoned by his mother, and cannot survive on his own as a pup. Right behind Johnny, the second pup to be admitted to us this year is Jane Goodseal! This pup was brought to us by IFAW on April 18th,...

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Discover Marine Life This Summer!

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Event News, Featured, Teaching | 1 comment

Discover Marine Life This Summer!

Back by popular demand – “Discover Marine Life,” the National Marine Life Center’s summer day program. Dive into the world of marine animal biology and conservation as you spend a week getting to know your favorite seafaring species. Discover how wildlife rehabilitation experts tend turtles, study seals, and doctor dolphins! Learn about sharks, fish, and invertebrates. Explore a tidal habitat and collect critters to study throughout the week. Participate in a variety of other exciting indoor and outdoor...

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Congratulations, Feet, Fins, and Flippers 5K Winners!

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Event News, Featured, Shoutouts | 0 comments

Congratulations, Feet, Fins, and Flippers 5K Winners!

After a week of rain, Sunday of the 2017 Feet, Fins, and Flippers 5K dawned sunny and bright. A hearty Cape Cod Canal wind swirled around the registration tables and gave participants a starting push. About 186 runners and walkers were cheered on by dozens of supporters as they ran, walked, jogged, logged, rolled, strolled, danced, and pranced to help marine animals! New for 2017 was chip timing, provided by Granite State Race Services. The technology is amazing! Thank you to all the runners, walkers, supporters, sponsors, donors, and...

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