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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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Marine Mammal Bycatch in New England – A Research Paper

Posted by on Apr 13, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

Marine Mammal Bycatch in New England  Written by Lex P. – Spring 2020 Marine Animal Rehabilitation & Environmental Education Intern Fishing and seafood consumption has been increasing globally at an alarming rate. According to NOAA, American fisheries landed 9.9 billion pounds of fish and shellfish and imported 5.9  billion pounds more in 2017 alone. While eating more fish has long been praised by health care professionals for its human health benefits, fishing has serious ecological implications in the form of...

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Patient Update: April 3, 2020

Posted by on Apr 3, 2020 in Animals, Featured | 2 comments

  SEALS A lot has been going on at NMLC lately, especially with the large number of seal patients that we’ve had! In the month of March, we’ve admitted 5 more seals, and also released 5!   PAST PATIENTS On March 2nd, we finally said goodbye to our last Harry Potter seal, Helga Hufflepuff, along with Cape Pogue and Nubble (pictured in order below)! Helga wasted no time in bouncing her way back to the ocean, as this was her second release. To learn more, read our past patient update! Nubble hesitated at first, but then let out his famous...

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Aquatic Adventure: Eat Like a Whale

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

Welcome to the Aquatic Adventure: Eat Like a Whale Let’s investigate how whales eat! Then, join in on an experiment to see what household items best mimic the feeding strategies and adaptations of these sensational cetaceans. You will need:  1 set of grill tongs 1-2 paintbrushes 1 comb A container of dried herbs Small colorful objects such as sprinkles, glitter, or beads Small toys no bigger than your thumb but no smaller than a penny 1 clear container for water that has room for 2 hands 1 towel   Check out the Aquatic Adventures...

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Aquatic Adventure Activity: Make Your Own Manatee Story

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Featured | 0 comments

Welcome to the first Aquatic Adventure Activity. The National Marine Life Center will be producing an Aquatic Adventure Activity every Wednesday and Friday, posting the resources to Facebook at 11AM each morning. Blog posts may also be created. We hope these adventures and activities help you learn and enjoy the aquatic world around you.  If you have suggestions for Aquatic Adventures and the activities. Contact us at to share your ideas.  It’s your turn to write a story about Manatees. Use this guide below as a...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month Answer- February 2020

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

These parasites are Halarachne halichoeri also known as nasal mites. They are found inside the nares (or nostrils) of seals. They impact the respiratory system and reside inside the nasopharynx. The adults remain stationary inside the nares of the host while the larvae are transmitted to other seals through coughing and close proximity.     Sources Reckendorf, A., Wohlsein, P., Lakemeyer, J., Stokholm, I., von Vietinghoff, V., & Lehnert, K. (2019). There and back again–The return of the nasal mite Halarachne halichoeri to seals in...

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