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Marine Parasite of the Month July 2021-Answer

Posted by on Jul 30, 2021 in Featured | 0 comments

The parasite for this month was the Loxothylacus panopaei, which is often just referred to as a crab barnacle that can change the gender of a crab. The most common way to identify this parasite is by looking on the...

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Marine Parasite of the Month- July 2021

Posted by on Jul 26, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

Some parasites can do crazy things, but this month’s parasite can actually change the gender of a crab. A mud crab-specific parasite, this organism is an invasive barnacle, and commonly found in the Chesapeake...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- Answer June 2021

Posted by on Jul 5, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

The parasite for this month was Toxoplasma gondii, the toxoplasmosis...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- June 2021

Posted by on Jun 27, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is a protozoan that infects most warm-blooded animals, including...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month Answer- April 2021

Posted by on Apr 30, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is the marine mammal lungworm! Here at NMLC the most common lung...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- April 2021

Posted by on Apr 25, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This type of parasite is common in pinnipeds and there are two different...

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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...

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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 | 9 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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