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Patient Update: September 26th

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 1 comment

Seals:                               Androscoggin “Andy”, Piscataqua “Cat”, Chicopee, and Pawcatuck “Tuck” The Tank 2 crew are all doing very well with no significant changes to their health. They are all steadily gaining weight, Cat (bottom right) and Andy (top left) weighed in today at 29.1 kg and 30 kg respectively! Chicopee (top right) continues to be unbothered by the loss of her eye, and Tuck (bottom left) just received a preliminary exam to track...

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Patient Update: September 12th

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

Seals:                         Androscoggin “Andy” and Piscataqua “Cat” Andy (Bottom) and Cat (Top) are both doing incredibly well with no recent health changes. We at the National Marine Life Center have taken additional samples for testing to determine whether or not our animals have been exposed to the viruses that are impacting local seal populations. They have both continuously gained weight and we will await further instruction regarding a potential...

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Science Education Matters!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2018 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

“Oh, I hate science,” nine-year-old Sarah* stated matter-of-factly during a recent week long educational program at the National Marine Life Center. “But you’re here!” I said in surprise, “You’re in this program!” “But I love animals!”, she replied, as if the answer was obvious. Four days later, Sarah proudly demonstrated to her parents how she learned to test water quality and why this is important for the health of marine animals in rehabilitation. She collected a water sample, measured its temperature, salinity, and pH,...

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Patient Update: September 5th, 2018

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

Patient Update: September 5, 2018 Seals:                         Androscoggin “Andy” and Piscataqua “Cat” Andy (bottom foreground) and Cat (top) are doing exceptionally well with no recent changes to their health. Despite meeting all requirements essential for a release to the wild, they are still in our care. Due to the recently declared Unusual Mortality Event (UME), we have been encouraged to hold on to our patients while more research is being done on the local seal...

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Patient Update: August 23rd

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Patient Update: August 23rd Seals:                                             Charles, Parker, Allagash, Magalloway, Nemasket, Moose-These six rehabilitated harbor seal pups (in order from the top: Charles, Parker, Allagash, Magalloway, Nemasket (left), Moose (right)) were released on August 16, 2018 at Scusset Beach just down the road from NMLC! We are pleased with their successful rehabilitation at our organization; each one of...

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Patient Update: August 9th

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 6 comments

Patient Update: August 9th Seals:                             Charlie, Parker, Moose, Nemi-All four of our seals in DJF (in order from the top: Charlie, Nemi, Parker, Moose) are doing very well, as they have all reached the weight necessary for release, and they have remained clear of any health problems. We are able to confirm that, after passing their pre-release exams, all four of them have been approved for release! They will be released Thursday, August 16, 2018! For...

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Football for Flippers Auction Rules

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018 in Event News | 0 comments

The rules for the Football for Flippers Ticket and Tour Auction are as follows: Starting at 2:00pm on August 10th, the auction will run for 96 hours only. The comment with the highest bid posted before 2:00pm on Tuesday, August 14th will be declared the winner. This means that any comments timestamped at 2:00pm and after will not count. The minimum bid will be $100. Placing a bid is easy, simply just comment the dollar amount of your bid in the comment section of the auction flyer posted on our Facebook page. Once the auction is closed, a...

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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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