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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month Answer- April 2021

Posted by on Apr 30, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is the marine mammal lungworm! Here at NMLC the most common lung worm infections we see present in our seals are...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- April 2021

Posted by on Apr 25, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This type of parasite is common in pinnipeds and there are two different species commonly seen in the seals here at NMLC. Their life cycle...

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Remembering Owls Head

Posted by on Apr 10, 2021 in Animals, Featured | 2 comments

Historically harbor seal pup season has always been the busiest, most demanding season for the NMLC animal care team both physically and emotionally. It requires our team to be here round the clock, to serve as surrogates as these abandoned pups must now learn all of their critical survival skills from us without becoming habituated, and due to the fragility of these animals, the team has to be ready for anything- including death.

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- March 2021 Answer

Posted by on Apr 1, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

The parasite is known as the Bolbosoma species, a member of the Acanthocephala phylum. Due to its appearance, its common name is...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- March 2021

Posted by on Mar 18, 2021 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is most commonly reported in cetaceans, but some cases has been seen in pinnipeds, fish and rarely humans. It is...

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Patient Update: January 21, 2021

Posted by on Jan 21, 2021 in Animals, Featured | 8 comments

Since our most recent blog post in November, a lot has been going on here at NMLC! We’ve been kept busy by a record-breaking sea turtle...

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Parasite of the Month- Answer December 2020

Posted by on Dec 17, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This parasite is Zalophotrema hepaticum, a species of trematode or fluke. Pinnipeds obtain this parasite through the ingestion of...

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Marine Mammal Parasite of the Month- December 2020

Posted by on Dec 10, 2020 in Featured, Under the Microscope | 0 comments

This is a parasite we often find in pinnipeds. Although the most common host is the California sea lion, they are also found in Stellar’s...

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The Natural History, Biology, and Conservation of Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Posted by on Dec 4, 2020 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

The Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), is the largest hard-shelled sea turtle in the world (National Geographic). It is found in warm...

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Heartworm in Phocids

Posted by on Nov 27, 2020 in Featured, Teaching | 0 comments

Phocids, also known as earless seals or true seals, are common coastal marine mammals. Since 1972, seals have been protected under the...

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