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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 Montauk were released together at Scusset Beach after completing their rehabilitation. Derby was rescued on June 30th with multiple bite marks on his head and wounds all along his body down to his hind flippers. Derby did not let his wounds keep him down and he healed quickly. Derby has an energetic personality and has gained 20kg (45lbs) since his arrival and now weighs 28kg (61lbs)! Marble arrived at NMLC...

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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 had a very busy end to our summer and are now working to prepare for the upcoming turtle cold-stunning season, which could start as early as late-October.  Since our last post in August, we’ve released six seal patients and our last Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle patient, Tutis! However, we’ve also had some lows. Owls Head, or Owl, a male harbor seal, passed away on September 3rd after complications...

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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 ridley (​Lepidochelys kempi) strands by the hundreds and even thousands each winter on the beaches lining the Cape Cod Bay in Massachusetts. Weakened by cold stunning after being trapped in the cooling waters of the hooked bay, the appearance of so many Kemp’s ridleys every winter is no surprise to rehabilitation facilities in the American Northeast, including the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards...

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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 mydas are distributed worldwide and live along the coast of over 140 countries (NOAA). Once fully grown, C. mydas are the largest of the hard-shelled turtle species and can reach up to 3-4 feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds. Their lifespan is unknown but estimated to be up to 60 years. Green sea turtles are unique in that they are herbivores and mainly eat seagrass and algae. They get their name from their...

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Osteomyelitis in Sea Turtles

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020 in Animals, Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

Anthropogenic activity has endangered the survival of sea turtle populations worldwide. Commercial fishing, coastal development, climate change, and pollution continue to be predominant threats for sea turtles. To maintain population sizes, marine animal rehabilitation centers rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles. This has allowed researchers to better understand the illnesses and infections encountered by turtles in the wild. Osteomyelitis is one of these diseases whose presence in sea turtles has allowed rehabilitators to...

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The Principles of Ocean Literacy and How Marine Animals and Rehabilitation Can Help Teach Them

Posted by on Sep 10, 2020 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

Since it was first introduced in 2004, the concept of “ocean literacy” has changed the way scientists and educators understand the role of public education of the ocean. The term resulted as a response to concerns regarding insufficient public awareness of ocean issues and anthropogenic impact, eventually laying the foundation for future highschool ocean curricula (Costa & Caldeira, 2018). Ocean literate citizens are defined as people who understand their influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on their lives in return...

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Otitis Media in Pinnipeds

Posted by on Sep 3, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

Otitis media is the inflammation of the middle ear resulting in infection (Otitis Media, 2020). Otitis media is usually an extension of otitis externa through a rupture tympanic membrane (Mooris, 2004). Otitis media or middle ear disease is understudied in pinnipeds. However, otitis media in humans and domestic dogs/cats is thoroughly researched. While information on middle ear infections in other species is relevant, pinnipeds’ middle ear has a slightly different function compared to their fully aquatic and fully terrestrial...

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Habituation in Harbor Seals

Posted by on Aug 27, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

There is a long history of habituation of animals being an interest to humans. Habituation was originally defined by Groves P. M, Thompson R.F, and Spencer W. A., in 1966, but was later revised and the updated functional definition of habituation was published in 2009 (Rankin C. H. et al, 2009). As defined by Rankin C.H. et al, habituation is a behavioral response that decreases due to recurrent stimulation. Habituation is relevant in the understanding of current animal behavior and interactions with humans. As global population continues to...

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NMLC Beautification Project Under Way

Posted by on Aug 26, 2020 in Building | 1 comment

For twenty-five years, The National Marine Life Center (NMLC) has been part of the Buzzards Bay community.  Its building, previously a discount home improvement store, has not undergone any major renovations since its inception, and does not currently reflect the beauty of its surroundings. With community-wide efforts to upgrade the overall downtown Buzzards Bay area, the Board of Directors of the NMLC is stepping up to improve the appearance of its building and grounds. “As challenging as the timing is with the pandemic,” says Board...

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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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