On July 20, 2022 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared an Unusual Mortality Event for elevated harbor and gray seal strandings in Maine beginning on June 1, 2022.…Continue Reading
Since June 1, 2022, Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME) – a NOAA Fisheries authorized marine mammal stranding network partner – has responded to 40 stranded seals, most of which were…Continue Reading
Today, June 8, is National Oceans Day, a part of National Oceans Month, an annual celebration of the oceans that cover 70% of the planet. To celebrate this month today…Continue Reading
Lynda Doughty (center left) was recognized at the 15th Annual CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute on December 12, 2021. (Photo: Getty Images) Executive Director, Lynda Doughty was nominated by a long-time…Continue Reading
Hint: It relates to water…. Tortoises live most of their time on land, while turtles spend more time in an aquatic environment. As it turns out, the long coast of…Continue Reading
by Brianna Blunck This February, I enthusiastically accepted the position as MMoME’s first veterinary preceptor, excited for a new experience and to apply what I’ve learned in school thus far.…Continue Reading
This winter’s late arrival of snow has been problematic for some of our seasonal visitors. Ice seals rely on snow and ice for hydration, getting more of their fluid intake from these substrates. In times of little to no snow or ice, MMoME tends to document higher numbers of dehydration cases, and since ice seal season began, MMoME has responded to seven harp and gray seals and 13 strandings overall. Read more about ice seals and our current rehab patients here—and watch some footage of patient 007 enjoying the snow as he receives treatment!
This winter, we continued our collaboration with our friends at Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) in New York and teamed up for the first time with New Hampshire’s Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue (SSC) to learn more about the post-release lives of rehabilitated seals. Click through to read about the collaboration and to view a map of where our most recently tagged seals traveled in just two weeks’ time!
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…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,…Continue Reading