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
Ice is Nice—for Ice Seals
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!
We love it when a plan comes together!
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!
Four Seal Releases, Four Videos!
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
Teaming Up to Learn More
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…Continue Reading
Recent Maine Shark Activity
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.
Nearby Rehab Program Closes, MMoME Responds
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.
Hotline Reports Rarely Seen Beaked Whales—Watch Video
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.
Marine Mammals of Maine Founder Honored at Stranding Network Banquet
Doughty awarded the David St. Aubin Award of Excellence for response to seal Unusual Mortality Event. Click through to read article.