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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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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 of harbor seal season here at NMLC! Derby, Marblehead, and...

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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 Update blog again here at National Marine Life Center!  We...

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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 (superfamily ​Chelonioidea​), the critically endangered Kemp’s...

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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 one of seven different species of sea turtles. Chelonia...

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