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What is a Whale’s Spout?

WHAT IS A WHALE’S SPOUT? Is a whale’s a fountain of water? Both whales and people use lungs and noses to breathe air. But because whales live in the water their noses and lungs work differently from yours. Whales don’t breathe as often as you do; they breathe only when they are on the surface […]

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How Do Whales Breathe?

HOW DO WHALES BREATHE? Because whales live in the ocean, many people think they are fish. But do you know that whales and dolphins are not fish? They are mammals. People are mammals too. Mammals are the group of animals that breath air using lungs, give birth to live young (rather than laying eggs), and […]

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Are Whales Fish?

ARE WHALES FISH? Whales are not fish. But how do you know? You can tell the difference by watching the animal and asking yourself three questions: Does its body move sideways or up and down when it swims? Fish, including sharks, propel themselves through the water by using their body muscles to push their tails […]

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How Do Whales and Dolphins Swim?

HOW DO WHALES AND DOLPHINS SWIM? How would you describe the shape of a whale or dolphin? Wouldn’t you say they are very streamlined? Very few appendages (like your arms and legs) stick out to slow the animal down as it swims through the water. A whale’s body is shaped like a submarine, or the […]

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Where Did Whales Come From?

WHERE DID WHALES COME FROM? When you’re watching the actions of the biggest creatures on earth, ask about what animals they are related to. Are they fish? Are they related to sharks? Are they related to cows and camels? If you said yes to the last question, you are right! Some scientists believe that the […]

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How do Whales Eat?

HOW DO WHALES EAT? What you would eat if you lived in the ocean? If you said fish and squid, you’d be right. But there’s a second correct answer – some whales eat ocean creatures called plankton that are so small they are hard for us to see. Now think about how whales eat fish […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the questions we get asked most frequently.  Do you have additional questions?  Please post them here!

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Pouring Concrete!

Construction of NMLC’s new marine animal hospital began in earnest March 20 with the pouring of concrete for the footings.  Because we are in a flood plain and elevating the building, and because we are using a pre-engineered structure, there is a LOT of concrete work ahead!  For now, we’re on our way!  Stay tuned….

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Fletcher gets ready for release!

Fletcher is a loggerhead sea turtle who stranded, cold-stunned, on November 28, 2008 in Truro.  He was rescued by volunteers from the MassAudubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, triaged at the New England Aquarium, and transferred to NMLC on December 4.  After four months of rehabilitation, Fletcher was ready to be released back into the wild! […]

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