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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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Patient Update: July 16th, 2020

Posted by on Jul 16, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

  SEALS Bird and Plum have been progressing quickly after moving to the large pool. This week, Bird started mass feeding alongside Plum. This means she has mastered the ability to position and eat fish in the water all on her own! However, the girls were not alone in the big pool for very long. Ned and Monomoy both joined the pool after proving they could also mass feed. All four seals eat at the same time and they frequently engage in competition over the fish. This is a good behavior to observe as it is preparing the seals for competition...

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Deals for Seals! Yard Sale Fundraiser

Posted by on Jul 8, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

Friday July 10th & Saturday July 11th10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Special 9a.m – 10a.m. Hour for “high-risk” shoppers120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay Yard Sale – Donation Drive – and Outside Gift Shop Consider bringing an item from our wishlist for our Donation Drive. Top needed items include bleach, large bottles of Dawn dish-soap, and glucose tablets (no gels please). Feeling super generous? See our amazon wishlist for some of the larger items needed by our patients like grundens and special disinfectants. Come see the tables of...

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Patient Update: July 8th, 2020

Posted by on Jul 8, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

A lot has changed since our last patient update at NMLC! We have entered harbor seal pup season, and have received 9 new admits since the last patient update, as well as completed 4 exciting releases. Our patients you may have heard about in previous patient updates have progressed and grown significantly, but our new admits have been working hard to keep up with their pace.  Owl’s Head has notably grown since our last update in May, when he had just lost his lanugo coat! He now receives whole fish for every meal and has been packing on...

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Patient Update: May 15, 2020

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

  SEALS Owl’s Head has fully lost his white lanugo coat, revealing his beautiful silver coat underneath. He is doing well in Dry Holding and has gained plenty of weight over the past few weeks in our care! Owl is routinely getting supervised swim time to build up his strength before going into deeper pools for longer periods of time, and additionally gets to go outside in his crate for some fresh air and sunshine, which he seems to enjoy. Owl is now on full strength Fish Gruel for his feeds, which is a transitional step in the process of...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- Answer April 2020

Posted by on May 3, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is Cryptocotyle lingua. It is a trematode that develops to maturity in seals and other fish eating mammals. It is found in the liver and intestines of seals.   Sources Stunkard, H.W. and Willey, C.H. (1929). Development of Cryptocotyle in its final host. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine, Volume IX 123-125. Levsen, A., Lunestad, B., Berland, B. (2008) Parasites in farmed fish and fishery products-Fish parasites and consumer health considerations. Improving farmed fish quality and safety, 17.4...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- April 2020

Posted by on Apr 20, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is a parasite we often see the presence of in seals through ova that is shed in the feces. It is oblong in shape and has two suckers, one oral and one ventral. One of its life cycle stages can be found in the skin of many fish species. These show up as black spots on the skin of the fish. What is this parasite and where is it found in...

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Patient Update: April 18, 2020

Posted by on Apr 19, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 0 comments

SEALS CURRENT PATIENTS It’s officially Harbor seal pup season here at NMLC! Early last week, there were reports of a white, fluffy baby seal on Minot’s Beach in Scituate. That baby seal was rescued by our friends at New England Aquarium and brought to us on April 10th! Weighing in at 8.4 kg (18.5 lb) upon admit, Owl’s Head, a male premature harbor seal pup, is the smallest harbor seal pup we’ve had here at NMLC. Harbor seals give birth May-June typically, but premature pups are often born in late April. Harbor seal pups also typically...

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