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NMLC supporters go Arctic with plunge into Onset Bay

Frank Mulligan Wicked Local ONSET – National Marine Life Center supporters showed their support for Arctic seals by going a little Arctic themselves Sunday. About 50 intrepid souls participated in the NMLC’s first Arctic Seal Plunge with a jump into the Bay from snow-ringed Onset Beach. Over the past several years, NMLC has treated an increasing number of Arctic […]

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Funds raised for injured seals at Arctic Seal Plunge

Gillian English news@warehamweek.com Feb 27, 2022 Five cartons of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and hot chocolate awaited those who showed up on Sunday morning, Feb. 27, at the Onset Bay Center, prepared to jump into ice cold water. With more than 50 sign-ups, the National Marine Life Center was already considering their first Arctic Seal Plunge […]

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Take the Plunge to Support Arctic Seals

On Sunday, February 27th, friends and supporters of the National Marine Life Center (NMLC) will take the plunge at Onset Beach in Wareham, MA to support the rehabilitation of Arctic and other seal species. Over the past several years, NMLC has treated an increasing number of Arctic seals, such as harp and hooded seals, that […]

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- January 2022 Answer

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  This parasite is Stenurus minor! Most often found in the cranial sinuses and lungs, it is likely that cranial sinuses are the definitive site for adult parasites to grow and thrive. S. minor infects the frontal sinuses more so than the ear sinuses but has been found in high numbers in the middle ear. It puts pressure on the tympanic cavity, the round window, and the oval window and plugs the middle […]

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- January 2022

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This parasite is a lungworm and earworm in the family Pseudaliidae and it is the most common parasite in the ear of harbor porpoises in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Bay of Fundy, the French Atlantic, and the Baltic Sea. In general, this parasite is found in high densities. A limited number of studies […]

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Marine Parasite of the Month Answer- December

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This parasite is Sulcascaris sulcata and it infects its host through their food( e.g. mollusks such as mussels and scallops). First, infected turtles pass the eggs of the parasite into the water through their waste products. The eggs are negatively buoyant, which means they sink to the bottom, and they are sucked up by the […]

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Marine Parasite of the Month-December 2021

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This nematode, or parasitic worm, is in the family Anisakidae and is the only species in the genus Sulcascaris. Most members of the family parasitize aquatic mammals, birds, and fish but this one parasitizes sea turtles including loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, and green turtles of all ages. It’s been reported infecting turtles in shallow waters in […]

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month Answer -November 2021

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This parasite is Antarctophthirus microchir and it’s found in sea lions! It’s actually been found in 5 species of sea lion in Australia, New Zealand, North America, and South America. In pups, they are found on the chest and belly primarily, possibly because other areas are too exposed to the sun. Research on adult sea […]

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- November 2021

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This parasite is an insect from the suborder Anoplura, which consists of sucking lice. Like other insects, they have antennae, a thorax, an abdomen, and legs. Unlike other insects, they have no eyes, and their mouth contains 2 rows of 4 large hooks. Their thorax is shaped like a trapezoid and covered in long hairs […]

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- October 2021 Answer

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This parasite is Braunina cordiformis! Remember last time how we said it was heart shaped? Well, cordiform means heart shaped, so its scientific name is actually based on its shape! This parasite is the only species in the family Brauninidae and is found in the fundic (main) and pyloric stomachs and duodenal ampullae. It’s thought […]

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