Patient Update: October 2nd, 2020


  It’s finally fall and we are excited to start up our weekly Patient Update blog again here at National Marine Life Center!  We had a very busy end to our summer and are now working to prepare for the upcoming turtle cold-stunning season, which could start as early as late-October.  Since our last post […]

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Sealphen King Headed Back to Sea


It’s going to be an exciting week at the National Marine Life Center as we are preparing for Sealphen King to return to the sea! This larger than life yearling grey seal was rescued from Chatham Harbor by our friends at the International Fund for Animal Welfare on October 8, 2016. Sealphen was found barely […]

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U.S. Geological Survey Manatee Captures and Health Assessments

Crystal River

Back in December, NMLC Animal Care Staff was privileged to have to opportunity to assist the U.S. Geological Survey with their winter manatee captures and health assessments in Crystal River, Florida. The U.S. Geological Survey has been running a manatee health assessment program in Crystal River since 2006, with assessments performed a couple times throughout […]

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Turtles, turtles galore!

Kemp's ridley sea turtle

2014 is a historic year for sea turtle strandings, with unprecedented number coming ashore. To date, nearly 1,200 have stranded. These numbers have put a strain not only on our Massachusetts sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation organizations, but on turtle hospitals all along the east coast who have stepped up to help. The turtles are […]

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How do you help stranded marine animals?


It is the mission of the National Marine Life Center to rehabilitate stranded marine mammals and return them to the wild, and we would not be able to that without the help of the public! Stranded seal pups like Belmont and Barclay would not be in our facilities if they had not been reported to […]

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First Patient in the New Hospital – Townsend the Seal!

harbor seal

We are pleased to announce the first patient in our new marine animal hospital – Townsend the harbor seal! Townsend is a juvenile male harbor seal that stranded September 6 on Old Orchard Beach in Maine suffering from respiratory distress and cuts to his face and chin.  He was rescued by NOAA Fisheries and transported […]

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