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Patient Update: January 21, 2021

Posted by on Jan 21, 2021 in Animals, Featured | 4 comments

Since our most recent blog post in November, a lot has been going on here at NMLC! We’ve been kept busy by a record-breaking sea turtle...

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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 fluke. Pinnipeds obtain this parasite through the ingestion of...

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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 the California sea lion, they are also found in Stellar’s...

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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 turtle in the world (National Geographic). It is found in warm...

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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 mammals. Since 1972, seals have been protected under the...

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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 harbor seal who was recently released after restranding due to...

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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 a specialized scolex with suckers used to attach to the...

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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 fecal float test and a statspin to isolate the parasite ova...

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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 hooked appendages used to latch onto the outside of whales...

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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 can grow up to 27mm in length and occur in large colonies....

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