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Upcoming Release: Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan


The National Marine Life Center is please to announce that Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan has been cleared for release by our attending veterinarian and the National Marine Fisheries Service. The release event will take place on Sunday January 13th, 2013 at 10am at Scussett Beach at the end of Scussett Beach Rd in Sagamore, MA, and everyone is welcome to attend. Hotlips was the first animal to be directly admitted into the NMLC’s new marine animal hospital building. She came to us dehydrated, emaciated and suffering from severely infected facial wounds. To read more about her case please visit our previous post by clicking here. We were unsure if she would be able to close her nostrils and dive, and had doubts about her potential to be released. However, “Hotlips” proved to us all how resilient she is, and has overcome all of her ailments. Despite her permanent smile, she has passed her evaluation with flying colors, and we are anxious to get he back out to the ocean, where she belongs. We hope you can come and help us see her off.


  1. Thank you, Devon! Glad you could join us at the release.
    Rachel, we wish you were there too!
    Julie and John, thank you!
    Kelly, I’m glad you and your family got to see the release. We hope to see you at the Center over February Vacation Week!
    Abby, good luck on your paper and, as Kate said, we’d love to see a copy!
    Kody, we hope you can join us next time!
    On behalf of Major Margaret (Hot Lips), thank you for your well wishes!

  2. I would have loved to see Major return to the ocean, I bet it was one of the most amazing things that a human could witness. t’s so amazing what great people will do for an animal in need, but it’s all worth it when you see them return to the wild. There is no better felling than knowing you saved another life that at one time was helpless, and now is strong and independent. Great job everyone!

  3. Abby that’s great! We would love to see a copy of the paper when you finish the article.

  4. Hotlips was so cute gettting into the water! writing an article for my school newspaper about the release now!

  5. It was awesome watching Major Margaret swim back into her natural habitat today! Nice work NMLC staff and volunteers and thank you for having us! We are looking forward to bringing our four year old to the center to learn more about your amazing work and seeing future releases!

  6. Go get ’em Hotlips!

  7. Good news! Go girl and God speed!

  8. What wonderful news! you all have worked so hard making sure Hotlips could head back out, it is so exciting to see that day come!! I know that she is a symbol of all the animals that will soon come and be released from NMLC!! Congrats and wish I could be there!

  9. Her progress is so thrilling! I’m so excited that she’s well enough for release.

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