Patient Update: November 26th, 2020

cold stunned

A lot has happened here at NMLC since our last update in October. Montauk, a harbor seal who was recently released after restranding due to human interaction, has returned to our hospital for a third time. After being released on Scusset Beach on October 15, 2020 with Marblehead and Derby, two other rehabilitated harbor seals, […]

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Scout’s Holiday Release

AmeriCorps Cape Cod

We are pleased to announce another successful rehabilitation and release story!  His name is Scout.  Scout was brought to NMLC on the 10th of October from Sandy Neck Beach, Barnstable, by our friends at IFAW. Exactly two months later, on the 10th of December, Scout was released in Sandwich at Scusset Beach.  The rainy winter […]

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The First Cut is the Deepest


The first cut is always the deepest, even when it comes to science. In this regard I’m talking about necropsies, or an animal autopsy. A necropsy can be daunting, knowing you are about to cut open an animal that was once among the living, but the forethought of it’s only for science. This past Wednesday […]

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3 Seals are Heading Back to the Wild!


It’s time to celebrate! The National Marine Life Center is releasing three rehabilitated seals tomorrow morning, Friday, September 12, at 10:00 am at Scusset Beach, and the public is invited to observe the release. “Barclay” is a male harbor seal pup that stranded in Maine on May 18, 2014. He was rescued by Marine Mammals […]

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Seal Season


The NMLC has just gotten its first seal pup — Belmont. He is every bit as adorable as I imagined, but his arrival makes me wonder about seal births and stranding. Seals give birth on land, and they will leave the pup on shore when they hunt (despite its being able to swim). It is […]

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Celebrate Cape Cod Wildlife!

Barbara Gleason

Celebrate Cape Cod Wildlife and Habitats this Saturday with the Cape Cod Wildlife Collaborative! Details: When:  Saturday, September 14 Time:  10 am to 3 pm Where:  Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Road, Barnstable, MA (directions available by clicking on above link) For Information:  call 508-362-7475 This year promises to be bigger […]

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Patient Profiles

Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists

It was a whirlwind winter & spring at NMLC and the staff and volunteers have been very busy taking care of the patients in our new marine animal hospital!  We have had some very interesting and sometimes complicated cases in our first six months of serving the marine animals of Massachusetts again! Let me introduce […]

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New Seal Patient Admitted: Major Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan

Army Corp of Engineers

Our newest patient, a young female harbor seal pup, was admitted to the National Marine Life Center’s animal hospital on Monday, November 12th.  She was found by the Army Corps of Engineers along the Cape Cod Canal in serious condition, was picked up by the International Fund For Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) Marine Mammal Rescue Team […]

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