Four Seals to be Released this Sunday

April 10th, 2014 by Shannon

Don’t be a “Hermit”…..

Have a little “Hart” and come watch our seals “Trott” down the shoreline.

This Sunday, we’ll be returning 3 healthy harp seals and one feisty grey seal to their ocean home.  All four animals were rescued by our friends at Marine Mammals of Maine and in need of medical attention.  ”Hermit”, “Hart”, “Trott” and “Barnes” were brought to MARC for care and are now ready to return to the wild.  Please join us as we send them on their way.

Date:  Sunday, April 13, 2014
Who?  Hermit, Hart, Trott and Barnes
Time:  12:00 pm (Be there early!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~12:01 pm (Blink and you might miss it)
Location:  Gilbert Place, on Biddeford Pool, Biddeford, Maine (as you enter Gilbert Place, veer to the left for public parking) Get Directions
ATTENTION (Update 4/11/2014):  The bridge on Rt. 208 is under construction and the road is CLOSED.  To get to the seal release, please view the map (“Get Directions”) above and plan to take either Maddox Pond Road, Elizabeth Road OR Fortune’s Rocks Road (all which intersect Route 9) to connect you to Mile Stretch which will lead you to the beach.

Please drive carefully, mind speed limits and be respectful of the neighbors.  Please park only in legal spots or risk ticketing by Biddeford PD.  Thanks!

What to Bring:
  • Cameras
  • Good Vibes
  • Donations always accepted.  Every dollar adds up!
  • We’ve got new merchandise!  Bring a few bucks and walk away with some new MARC-gear.  All proceeds support the animals.


New MARC tees (adult and kids), baseball tees, sweatshirts, H20 bottles and canvas bags!

“The Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Program at the University of New England’s Marine Science Center is committed to the education of marine students and to the advancement of marine mammal and sea turtle science and conservation through conscientious rehabilitation and ethically-based research practices that lead to the release of individuals and maintenance of healthy populations.  We aim to prepare the next generation of marine scientists for meaningful careers through hands-on learning and the promotion of a culture of marine environmental stewardship.”

And the Winner is…..

January 13th, 2014 by Shannon

And the 2014 MARC Naming Theme Winner is…….

MAINE ISLANDS!

Earning nearly 20% of the public votes, “Maine Islands” was the clear winner of the 2014 MARC Naming Theme.  We are thrilled to have the chance to learn and share information about Maine’s Islands with each and every animal we help this year.  And with over 3000 Maine islands, we’ll certainly have plenty to choose from.   The website waterfrontpropertiesofMaine.com has a nice brief summary of Maine island history.  They state that:

“Maine’s coast has close to 3000 offshore islands – from small granite ledges to Mount Desert Island which encompasses Acadia National Park. Many of these islands represent the tops of mountains formed before the Ice Ages. Most are uninhabited by humans, but all are natural habitats for small sea life, seals, sea birds, plants and animals. Some have thriving villages serviced by daily ferry service from the mainland. A few have only lighthouses. About 1,200 islands comprise an acre or more; roughly 600 of these, representing 95% of Maine’s total island acreage, are owned by individuals.”

We’ve been really excited to reveal the name of our first patient of 2014.  But first, a let’s take a little walk down memory lane.

Back in 2001, The Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center (MARC) opened its hospital doors on the University of New England campus.  In March 2002, the first animal, an adult male harp seal who stranded in Chatham, Massachusetts was rescued by Cape Cod Stranding Network (CCSN) (now a part of International Fund for Animal Welfare, aka IFAW) and sent to MARC for care by Stranding Coordinator, Kristen Patchett.  He was successfully released several months later after treatment for wounds caused by entanglement in fishing gear.

Jump to the year 2006.  After several years at CCSN, Kristen Patchett was hired here at MARC as the Senior Animal Care Technician, eventually taking on the role of Program Coordinator.  Here at MARC, she helped develop hospital protocols, improve animal care practices and was a great role model and resource for our student and community population.  For nearly 8 years, Kristen made MARC her home and helped the program grow to what we are today.

In November 2013, we learned that Kristen would be returning to her roots, joining the IFAW Marine Mammal Rescue Program (formerly known as CCSN), and returning to her previous love: helping stranded cetaceans (dolphins and whales) and pinnipeds on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Kristen’s departure from MARC was very bittersweet, but we are so lucky that we’ll still be connected to her through the marine mammal stranding network.

On January 1, 2014, Kristen called us from her new position at IFAW.  After years of accepting animals into rehabilitation at MARC, she was calling us to see if we could care for a newly stranded seal on the Cape.  The young male harbor seal was severely dehydrated and suffering from respiratory infection.  We offered him a place here at MARC and he is making great strides towards a full recovery.

Because Kristen has been a part of MARC since our opening, we extended her the honor to select the name for the first seal of 2014.  Kristen’s choice is quite fitting to her return to Cape Cod.  We’d like to officially introduce our first seal, “Cape” (Shown above, photo by Sam Burgie)

“Cape” is listed in the Maine Islands registry as an island in Cape Porpoise, Maine.  For more information, visit here.

Save.the.date: Seal Release 09.29.2013

September 27th, 2013 by Shannon

Join us Sunday, September 29, 2013 for another fun-filled seal release!  We’ll be sending three healthy, plump (and scary) seals back to their home in the sea!

Hot Tamales

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Date:  Sunday, September 29, 2013
Who?  Atomic Fireball (<–click name to see video), Hot Tamales, and Twizzler
*  (*all subject to change)
Time:  12:00 pm
(Be there early!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~12:02 pm
(Blink and you might miss it)
Location:
  Gilbert Place, on Biddeford Pool, Biddeford, Maine (as you enter Gilbert Place, veer to the left for public parking) Get Directions

Please drive carefully, mind speed limits and be respectful of the neighbors.  Thanks!

What to Bring:

  • Cameras
  • Good Vibes
  • Donations always accepted.

Seal Release TOMORROW!!

September 11th, 2013 by Shannon

Join us tomorrow, Thursday September 12, 2013 for another fun-filled seal release at high noon!  We’ll be sending three healthy, plump seals back to their home in the sea!

Reese on the beach before rehab

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Date:  Thursday, September 12, 2013
Who?  Reese, Big Hunk, and SweeTart

Time:  12:00 pm
(Be there early!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~12:02 pm
(Blink and you might miss it)
Location:
  Gilbert Place, on Biddeford Pool, Biddeford, Maine (as you enter Gilbert Place, veer to the left for public parking) Get Directions

Please drive carefully, mind speed limits and be respectful of the neighbors.  Thanks!

What to Bring:

Runt and Friends Release TOMORROW

July 31st, 2013 by Shannon

Young harbor seal pups to be released tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow during your lunch break as we send five more healthy, happy harbor seal pups back to sea.  These little pups have spent months growing, overcoming medical issues and learning to hunt under the care of the staff, interns and volunteers at the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center.  We are so thrilled and ready to send them off into the wild.  We hope you’ll join us for this exciting occasion.

Remember Runt?  Runt was a one-month premature harbor seal pup admitted to MARC in early April after monitoring and collection by the College of the Atlantic’s Allied Whale response program.  Check out how tiny he was when he first arrived!

Who:  Runt, Milk Dud, Starburst, Laffy Taffy and Twix * (*subject to last minute change)
Date:  Thursday, August 1, 2013
Kennel Door Opens at: 12:00 pm (Be there early !!)
Blubber Hits the Water at: ~12:01 pm
Location: Curtis Cove at the end of Granite Point Road, Biddeford, Maine

Get Directions

What to Bring:

  • Cameras
  • Good Vibes
  • $1 donation – $1 buys 1 pound of fish for the seals!
  • A small garbage bag if you’d like to take some beach garbage home with you (to help keep the beaches clean)
  • All recommended but not required.

Special Request: Parking is limited.  Please carpool, walk, etc to help reduce road-blockage and neighborhood traffic.  Please ONLY park on the right side of the road.