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Patient Update: August 2nd

Posted by on Aug 5, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Patient Update: August 2nd Seals:                 Charles “Charlie”-Charlie is doing very well, and it is because of this that he underwent a pre-release exam on Tuesday to ensure he is in the proper condition for release! The only area of concern during the exam was the lesions present on his hind flippers. Staff took a biopsy punch of the lesions during the exam to determine their cause, as those will need to be resolved before release. Other than that he is eating well and continues to gain...

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Seals are Affected by Climate Change

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Animals | 1 comment

It is proven that the Earth’s overall temperature is increasing. This is causing a rapid decrease in the amount of both land and sea ice throughout the globe. Many seals, including Arctic fur seals and harp seals, depend on this ice for resting, mating, and giving birth to their offspring. This ice is also a habitat to much smaller creatures, a fact that many do not know. For example, many species of algae, krill, and plankton make their living on the sea ice. These three organisms are the foundation of the marine food web. Seals have a diet...

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Patient Update: July 26th

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 1 comment

Patient Update: July 26th Seals:             Charles “Charlie”-Charlie (above center) is doing well this week with no significant changes. We have noticed some mild lesions on his rear flippers that could be the result of dermatitis. We will monitor that condition and take further action if necessary. Charlie is continuing to gain weight and has now surpassed all of his pool mates. His last weigh-in indicated he is about 18kg, or 40lbs! He is definitely approaching the weight requirement for release, and that...

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Meet our Summer 2018 interns! National Intern Day

Posted by on Jul 26, 2018 in Event News, Shoutouts, Volunteers | 1 comment

            Name: Gabriella N Hometown: Rochester, NY School: Roger Williams University (Graduated 2018) Major: Marine Biology Bio: At the age of 10, Gabriella fell in love with the ocean while she was on vacation with her family in Bar Harbor, Maine. Ever since, Gabriella has always known she wanted a career that dealt with the ocean and its inhabitants. She hopes to continue down the path she is on here at NMLC, and eventually move on to a career at a rehabilitation facility for marine mammals and sea...

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Patient Update: July 19th

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Patient Update: July 19th Seals:             Charles “Charlie”-Charlie (above middle) continues to do well, with no significant changes this past week. He is thoroughly enjoying his time in DJF; so much so, that we rarely see him out of the water. This is good, because we know he is developing enough muscle to sustain extended periods of exercise! He is always eager to eat and he is doing very well with mass feeding and learning how to compete with his three other pool mates. Since there are no changes in his...

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My Unconventional Start as an NMLC Summer Intern

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018 in Featured | 2 comments

As a cadet at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, my last day of school was not until the middle of June, setting me pretty far behind intern candidates from other colleges. This setback often is a large obstacle when trying to obtain in internship in the summer. However, the National Marine Life Center welcomed me with open arms. Traditionally, the summer intern program lasts twelve weeks, while I only had seven to give. Ms. Zagzebski offered to have me start as a volunteer, taking part in one shift per week beginning in March. This way, I...

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Patient Update: July 12th

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Patient Update: July 12th Seals:             Charles “Charlie”-Charlie (above left) has made three more significant steps in his rehabilitation! First, he has shown us that he is able to haul himself out of the water, which will be vital for him when he is released. Second, he is now being “mass fed.” This means that he does not need any assistance with feeding; we throw the fish in the pool and he is able to catch and swallow them with ease. Third, because of the two previously mentioned steps, he...

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Red Bellied Cooters and NMLC

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

At The National Marine Life Center, we get to take part in a program during the Winter months called the Head Start Program! During this program, we receive a set amount of turtles to fast track three years worth of growth in just a few months. This may not seem exciting, but the species of turtle we receive is an endangered species, so this program gets schools and other groups to help save a species that would otherwise become extinct.  Red Bellied Cooters are a species of basking turtle. This means you will find them in and around ponds...

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Patient Update: July 5th

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Patient Update: July 5th Seals:             Charles “Charlie”– Charlie continues to do well with his rehabilitation. He continues to eat in the water with minimal assistance, taking the fish right off of the tongs and swallowing them whole without any problems. He is thoroughly enjoying swim time, playing in the water with his roommate Parker! The inflammation on his rear flippers have formed blisters and staff has determined it to be dermatitis. The cause of it is unknown but it could potentially be...

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World Oceans Day at New England Aquarium

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in Event News, Featured, Kids Who Care, Teaching | 0 comments

Every year, on June 8th, the world celebrates World Oceans Day by taking into consideration the impact of our actions on the health of the ocean, and to help raise overall awareness of the negative effects that humanity has had on the ocean to this point. At the National Marine Life Center, we aim to rehabilitate seals and sea turtles as a means of protecting marine wildlife, but also to study how these animals are being impacted by their own environment. Additionally, part of our mission statement is to advance science and education as it...

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