In late March, the National Marine Life Center and partner organizations New England Aquarium and Whale Center of New England, co-hosted the Northeast Region Stranding Network Conference. Convened in Salem, Massachusetts, the conference brought together stranding responders, rehabilitators, scientists, educators, resource managers, and interested laypeople involved in marine mammal and sea turtle strandings from Virginia […]
We are on our way to making the hospital a reality. Walls are being constructed and concrete is flowing… The beautiful weather is providing the crews from Simmons Concrete plenty of opportunity to construct the nearly 10 foot high walls which will soon support the new building. Once the concrete has been poured and the forms […]
Alyssa French is a first grade student at Bourne Elementary School, an animal lover and a friend of the National Marine Life Center. In her own words and art, Alyssa documents the story of Fletcher, the loggerhead sea turtle that stranded cold-stunned on a beach near the tip of Cape Cod in November. Fletcher came to the NMLC for rehabilitative care and has now been released back into the ocean.
The loss of Caveman, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that died of sepsis and pneumonia following a cold-stun event last fall, was difficult for the entire staff, but we are continuing to learn about Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and issues that effect their health and natural history. During the necropsy (animal autopsy) we found an […]
Two-Year-Old Diamondback Terrapin Fell from the Sky A two-year-old female Northern diamondback terrapin (Malacemys terrapin terrapin), whom we dubbed Amelia for reasons which may become obvious in a moment, arrived at the National Marine Life Center this morning. Amelia had a most unusual and nerve-wracking escape from tragedy over the weekend, and was rescued by observant residents […]
At last week’s Annual Meeting, guest speaker Don Lewis presented the compelling case for NMLC’s new marine animal hospital. Executive Director Kathy Zagzebski described hospital plans. Board of Trustees Chair Sean Randall asked the group to support NMLC at the upcoming Mermaid Ball. Over 55 people attended the event, hosted by the Beachmoor.
Northern Red-Bellied Cooter (Pseudemys rubriventris) Northern red-bellied cooters (Pseudemys rubriventris), formerly known as Plymouth redbelly turtles, are listed as an endangered species within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a threatened species nationally by the federal government. These individuals hatched in September of 2008 and were presented by the state to the National Marine Life Center […]
In this section, “Under the Microscope,” we present our scientific endeavors, particularly the study of parasites and parasitic diseases found in stranded animals. For more information, contact Dr. Sea Rogers Williams, Science Director and Associate Veterinarian.
HOW CAN YOU TELL WHICH WHALE YOU ARE LOOKING AT? We use the name whale for about 70 kinds of animals. So how can you tell who is who? Not all 70 kinds live in the area around Cape Cod. In fact, some don’t even live in the Atlantic Ocean. But even the dozen or […]