Caring for Stranded Marine Animals
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Rehabilitation

Cape Cod is a stranding hotspot.  Hundreds of marine animals strand alive and in need of medical care every year.  The National Marine Life Center is meeting that need.  Our core mission is to rehabilitate and release stranded marine mammals and sea turtles.  We believe that through rehabilitation, we can help individual animals, learn more about marine animal species and wildlife disease, and share what we learn to promote ocean conservation.

In 2004, the National Marine Life Center rehabilitated our first patient, a Turtle and Handloggerhead sea turtle named “Eco.” Each year since, NMLC has achieved new milestones in rehabilitation including the admission and release of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the most endangered sea turtle in the world, and the admission and release of our first seal patient. Recently, we released our 100th seal patient! Through rehabilitation, we can help individual animals, learn more about marine animal species and wildlife disease, and share what we learn to promote ocean conservation.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress
can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
~ Mahatma Ghandi