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Northern Red-bellied Cooter Hatchling Club

Posted by on Aug 24, 2020 in Event News | 2 comments

The National Marine Life Center and Cape Cod Community College are proud to bring you this 9-month, online learning program featuring the Northern Red-bellied Cooter.  This turtle can be found in Massachusetts and is protected under the Protected Species Act.  The National Marine Life Center takes in ten hatchlings under the State Husbandry Program every year.  During this time, they are raised and the progress is documented for future research.  At the end of the program the turtles are returned to the State and then...

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Vocalizations in Pinnipeds

Posted by on Aug 20, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

The pinniped family are social animals and display a wide range of vocalizations in social situations both underwater and above. In their natural habitat, they will use vocalizations for territory protection, mating, aggression, colony coordination, and pup identification. This group has proven their intelligence by being the only nonhuman primate to master vocal learning in captivity. Sounds of the vocalizations vary between each species and age. Pinniped species will​ ​perform a variety of vocalization sounds including​ ​short...

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Plastic and It’s Impacts on Marine Animals

Posted by on Aug 13, 2020 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

In today’s society, the demand for plastic is largely driven by its convenience and practicality. However, as global plastics production approaches 400 million tons each year, the benefits of this man-made material are largely outweighed by its environmental consequences. Since as early as the 1970’s, researchers have studied the impacts of plastic debris on marine life at both population and ecosystem levels (UNEP, 2016). Keep in mind that at this time only around 50 million tons of plastic were produced annually (Guern, 2019). Now, as...

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Patient Update: August 13th, 2020

Posted by on Aug 13, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

This week was an exciting week at NMLC! We released our first harbor seals of the season! Bird, Plum, Ned, and Monomoy completed their rehabilitation and were returned to the ocean on Gooseberry Island. The event was live streamed on our Facebook page and the video is still available if you missed it! Back at NMLC, the seals in the pre-release pool ST2 continue to grow and improve in their mass feeding. While Bug, Seguin, and Montauk have mastered the mass feeding technique, Cleveland is still learning. Cleveland has progressed well with...

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Parasite of the Month- Answer July 2020

Posted by on Aug 8, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is Parafilaroides gymnurus. They are found in the lungs of seals and can cause bronchopnemonia and even death.  Pictured below are the parafilaroides found during a necropsy at NMLC.   Sources Gosselin, J.F., Measures, L, (1997) Redescription of Filaroides (Parafilaroides) gymnurus (Raleigh, 1899) (Nematoda: Metastrongyloidea) with comments on other species in pinnipeds. Canadian Journal of Zoology 75:...

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Patient Update: August 7th, 2020

Posted by on Aug 7, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

As July becomes August and the heat is turned up outside, we are focusing on keeping our seals comfortable and cool here at NMLC! We are so excited that four of our harbor seals, Plum, Bird, Monomoy, and Ned are scheduled to be released this week. Since arriving in early May, Plum and Bird have become fan favorites. Bird came in as a premature pup, but still kept up with Plum’s steady pace in their rehabilitation process, hitting all of their necessary milestones, such as learning to eat fish with assistance, hauling out of their pool on...

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Patient Update: July 29th, 2020

Posted by on Jul 29, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

This week at NMLC has had its ups and downs. We unfortunately had to say goodbye to Prudence who passed away Friday morning. Her passing was unexpected given her progression and her exact cause of death is still unknown. A necropsy is being conducted to investigate further and collect necessary samples for analysis. However, we are proud to announce that a release date has been scheduled for our first group of harbor seals this season! Ned, Plum, Bird, and Monomoy were given their pre-release vet exam and are set to be released at a private...

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Teachers’ Workshop – Nature & Design: Connections Between Science, Engineering, & the Marine Environment (Virtual)

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

A Virtual Institute for Grades 4-8 Educators The ocean is filled with diverse and fascinating creatures that have adapted to survive a wide range of challenges. Explore themes of biomimicry as you investigate how nature’s innovations can help inform solutions to real-world design problems. Virtually visit field sites to make habitat and wildlife observations,participate in inquiry-based investigations as you learn about sea turtles and sharks and examine examples of marine engineering inspired by adaptations of marine life, and connect with...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- July 2020

Posted by on Jul 23, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is a parasite that is actually quite common, but difficult to extract due to its small size and delicate nature. They are transparent and infect phocid seals. The actual worms are found in the lungs but the larvae can be detected in feces by performing a diagnostic fecal test.  What is this parasite and how do they affect...

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Patient Update: July 22nd, 2020

Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

  It’s been another busy week at the National Marine Life Center! We admitted another harbor seal, bringing us to a total of 14 seals! This is the most seals we’ve ever had at one time, so our staff, volunteers, and interns are busy keeping up with their growing stomachs and progress. Bird, Plum, Ned, and Monomoy continue to enjoy their large space in one of the pre-release pools, DJF.  They are mass fed three times each day, during which they can compete for fish while limiting interaction with the feeders. In fact, the Patient Ward is...

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