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.”

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.

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. 

Udon and Junior Mint – Release Recap

March 3rd, 2013 by Shannon

In what might hold the record as “Longest release in MARC history”, Yesterday’s Release of Udon and Junior Mint was a total success.  An estimated 100 people came to give the seals a great send-off.  While Udon (the harbor seal) was quick to bolt to the water, his counterpart Junior Mint (the harp seal) was a tad hesitant – taking well over 40 minutes to make her way to the water.

Harp seals are typically an animal that, at  the earliest sign of threat, “play possum” or become “catatonic” – freezing their whole body as a line of defense to trick their “threat” (in this case, dozens of excited witnesses on the beach) into leaving them alone.  It is a completely normal and expected behavior for harp seals, though, sometimes, it can make the releases a little lengthier.  Junior Mint was a bit nervous with all of yesterday’s excitement and rather than fleeing the scene quickly, she exhibited the typically harp seal catatonic behavior.

Junior Mint "playing possum" - Catatonic Behavior is normal for harp seals.

Here are a couple photos to recap the event.  To see the full album, check out our album on facebook.

Udon heads to the shore.

Junior Mint slowly making her way to the sea

Save.the.date: Seal Release 03.02.13

March 1st, 2013 by Shannon

 

Junior Mint heads back to sea tomorrow.

We’re doing it again!  Join us THIS Saturday to say goodbye to a few good seals!

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Date:  Saturday, March 2, 2013
Who?  Udon (the harbor seal) and Junior Mint
(the harp seal)
Time:  4:15 pm
(Be there early!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~4:16 pm
(Blink and you’ll 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
  • All encouraged but not required.

 

UNE/MARC is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization that operates the only Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle rehabilitation program in Maine.  Each year MARC treats roughly 100 animals.  For information about UNE/MARC, to adopt an animal or to become a member, please visit us on the web at www.une.edu/marc, or call us at 207-221-4228.  Donations are always welcome.