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Remembering Owls Head

Posted by on Apr 10, 2021 in Animals, Featured | 2 comments

Historically harbor seal pup season has always been the busiest, most demanding season for the NMLC animal care team both physically and emotionally. It requires our team to be here round the clock, to serve as surrogates as these abandoned pups must now learn all of their critical survival skills from us without becoming habituated, and due to the fragility of these animals, the team has to be ready for anything- including death.

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- March 2021 Answer

Posted by on Apr 1, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

The parasite is known as the Bolbosoma species, a member of the Acanthocephala phylum. Due to its appearance, its common name is “thorny-headed worm”. A Bolbosoma infection can be diagnosed through visible...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- March 2021

Posted by on Mar 18, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is most commonly reported in cetaceans, but some cases has been...

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Patient Update: January 21, 2021

Posted by on Jan 21, 2021 in Animals, Featured | 6 comments

Since our most recent blog post in November, a lot has been going on here at...

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Parasite of the Month- Answer December 2020

Posted by on Dec 17, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is Zalophotrema hepaticum, a species of trematode or...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- December 2020

Posted by on Dec 10, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is a parasite we often find in pinnipeds. Although the most common host is...

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The Natural History, Biology, and Conservation of Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Posted by on Dec 4, 2020 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

The Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), is the largest hard-shelled sea...

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Heartworm in Phocids

Posted by on Nov 27, 2020 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

Phocids, also known as earless seals or true seals, are common coastal marine...

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Patient Update: November 26th, 2020

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 1 comment

A lot has happened here at NMLC since our last update in October. Montauk, a...

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Parasite of the Month- Answer November 2020

Posted by on Nov 25, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

These ova belong to the genus Diphyllobothridea or the tapeworm. Tapeworms have...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- November 2020

Posted by on Nov 15, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

Here at NMLC, parasites are diagnosed by examining the seal’s feces. We use a...

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Parasite of the Month- Answer October 2020

Posted by on Oct 28, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 1 comment

This parasite is Cyamus scammoni, a species of whale lice. Whale lice have...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- October 2020

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is actually a crustacean and is only found on gray whales. They...

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Patient Update: October 16th, 2020

Posted by on Oct 16, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

Yesterday, October 15th, we released our last 3 harbor seals, marking the end...

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Patient Update: October 2nd, 2020

Posted by on Oct 2, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

  It’s finally fall and we are excited to start up our weekly Patient...

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Kemp’s Ridley: Biology, Natural History, and Conservation in Cape Cod

Posted by on Oct 1, 2020 in Animals, Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

Despite their status as the rarest species of sea turtle...

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Green Turtle Biology, Natural History and Conservation

Posted by on Sep 24, 2020 in Animals, Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

Green Sea Turtles also known by their scientific name, Chelonia mydas, are...

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Osteomyelitis in Sea Turtles

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020 in Animals, Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

Anthropogenic activity has endangered the survival of sea turtle...

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The Principles of Ocean Literacy and How Marine Animals and Rehabilitation Can Help Teach Them

Posted by on Sep 10, 2020 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

Since it was first introduced in 2004, the concept of “ocean literacy”...

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Otitis Media in Pinnipeds

Posted by on Sep 3, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

Otitis media is the inflammation of the middle ear resulting in infection...

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