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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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Patient Update: June 28th

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

Patient Update: June 28th Seals:                 Charles “Charlie”-Charlie continues to do well and is excelling with fish school and assist feeding. We are now seeing him eat in the water with minimal assistance; he has almost reached the final goal of eating on his own in the water! We have noticed inflammation on his rear flippers so our staff members did biopsy punches to determine that cause of it. He is also still receiving Terramycin to treat the lesions on his...

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Patient Update: June 21st

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Patient Update: June 21st Seals:             Charles “Charlie”-Charlie has done well against the flu and his last test was negative. We have noticed lesions in each of his eyes, so we have begun to treat those with a topical ointment called Terramycin. Charlie is also enjoying his swim time each day as he builds his muscles to sustain the exercise. We have also started feeding him fish gruel so that he becomes used to fish and his body learns how to digest...

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Patient Update: May 31st

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 1 comment

Patient Update: May 31st SEALS:                   Charles “Charlie” – Charlie is still battling the flu. Because of this, he gets tired very easily and spikes fevers on and off. We are giving him fluids as needed, treating him with antibiotics and putting cool, wet blankets in his room to offset his fevers. We have cut back the length and frequency of his swim time so that he can use all of his energy toward fighting off the influenza...

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Patient Update: May 24th

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 2 comments

Patient Update: May 24th SEALS                   Charles “Charlie”– Charlie has tested positive for influenza. He also has a corneal ulcer (essentially an irritated spot on his eye), which we are monitoring as well. Because of these illnesses he is battling, he is very sleepy and feverish at times. We are giving him fluids as needed, treating him with antibiotics and putting cool, wet blankets in his room to offset his fevers. Charlie has also been enjoying the company of our three new...

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Patient Update: May 17th

Posted by on May 17, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 1 comment

Patient Update: May 17th SEALS:             Charles “Charlie”– Charlie, our harbor seal pup, has shed his white, lanugo coat and is now sporting a speckled, silver coat. He has already gained some weight and is looking nice and chunky like a seal pup should! He loves his daily swim time and enjoys lots of napping.                   Mill “Millie”-Millie, one of three gray seals in house, has come so far since being admitted after being attacked by a...

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Patient Update: May 10th

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Animals, Featured | 1 comment

Patient Update: May 10th SEALS             Charles “Charlie” – Charlie is still critical but stable. He came to us with a fleshy umbilicus attached that has since fallen off and healed up nicely! Charlie had also ingested a good amount of sand before he got to us, which was evident in his admit X-Rays (and in his poop!). Follow up X-Rays have shown that he has passed all the sand that he had ingested, which is another great step in his rehab.  He is starting to shed his white, lanugo coat and a...

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