So far this year, four harbor seal pups have been released back to the wild after rehabilitation at our center! All four were rescued as abandoned pups in need of nurturing and treatment to survive. During their three months in our care, they healed from injuries; overcame umbilical, respiratory, ear, and wound infections; were weaned…Continue Reading
This time of year is usually slower in the field, and our center is usually empty in November and December—but this year we have one special case! Meet patient #328, our stranding team’s 328th response of 2020. A harbor seal reported to our hotline last month in Cape Elizabeth, our response team found her emaciated,…Continue Reading
While MMoME is best known for stranding response and rehabilitation, our mission also encompasses a critical, lesser-known form of marine conservation: research. There are still a lot of unknowns about marine mammal species in the Gulf of Maine and the habitat on which they—and humans—depend. MMoME is committed to filling some of those data gaps,…Continue Reading
Two weeks ago the Harpswell, Maine, community experienced a horrific tragedy when a woman was fatally bitten by a shark while swimming close to shore. In the aftermath of such a tragedy, we must all remember that the media and other non-experts talking about this event often spread misinformation. While no facts should downplay the gravity of this incident, it is important to source information from reputable experts.
As we prepared to move to our new space in Brunswick earlier this year, we were unaware of just how critical our larger facility would prove to be. We were already (literally) moving quickly in the lull between busy stranding seasons, but we couldn’t have known Mystic Aquarium was soon to announce the termination of their seal rescue and rehab program. Click through to learn how MMoME responded.
In case you missed the news, MMoME has received calls about two beaked whales on the Maine Coast in the last month, only the 3rd and 4th documented in MMoME’s response region in the last 20 years! Usually found in deep waters offshore and rarely sighted, very little is known about the 22 species of beaked whales. With help from specialists around the world, the two species were determined to be Blainsville and Sowerby’s beaked whales. Read more about the cases and watch local news coverage here.
Doughty awarded the David St. Aubin Award of Excellence for response to seal Unusual Mortality Event. Click through to read article.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 There has been a high number of harbor seals stranding in southern Maine starting in July with increasing numbers stranding over the last week. We are now also seeing increasing numbers of stranded harbor seals in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. Cause of the recent strandings…Continue Reading
Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Awards are presented to individuals or organizations within each of the five Gulf of Maine jurisdictions of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. These Awards recognize innovation, creativity, and commitment to promoting a healthy Gulf of Maine. Lynda Ada Doughty is being recognized with a Visionary Award…Continue Reading