Save.The.Date – Seal Release Friday 02.15.2013

February 5th, 2013 by Shannon

This Sunday, we say Ciao (goodbye) to CousCous and Linguine

UPDATE 2/12/2013  – the seal release is back ON!!! see below for detailed event info.

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Date:  FRIDAY, February 15, 2013
Who?  Couscous and Linguine
(*subject to change)
Kennel Doors Open at:  3:00 pm
(Be there early!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~3:01 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.  You can adopt a seal by calling 207-221-4228.  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.

Saying So-Long

February 1st, 2013 by Shannon

Due to the incredible numbers of sea turtles stranding during the Fall 2012 cold-stun event, UNE/MARC has been home to several groups of large loggerhead sea turtles.  Our first group of turtles was shuttled via Coast Guard Flight back in December when the opportunity to transport turtles to southern hospitals (and open up space in New England hospitals for new turtles in need) arose.

A few weeks later, just before Christmas, we received a second batch of turtles from New England Aquarium to help them with the hundreds of turtles occupying their pools.  Unfortunately, one turtle was extremely critical and, like many other turtles affected by cold-stunning, he died during the first few days of care.  Of the seven remaining turtles from the batch, two were recently transferred to Florida.  An opportunity presented to send 2 of our sea turtles to Florida in another transport/release coordinated by New England Aquarium in mid-January.  And so, on January 13, #98 and #101 (two unnamed turtles that were stable for relocation) were driven to Florida dozens more turtles.

Turtles head to the water

Our #98 heads to the ocean

Photos courtesy of New England Aquarium (NEAq) Rescue

#98 was taken to Little Talbot Island State Park, Jacksonville Florida and released on a nice. sunny beach.  According to Connie Merigo of the NEAq Team, #98 “made a mad dash for the beach, beating out a much larger Cc” on his way to the water.  Our second turtle, #101 was taken to the Loggerhead Marinelife Center for care.

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In other news, on Sunday, January 20th, harbor seal Perciatelli, who arrived to our hospital in September 2012 after being deeply cut by a boat propeller, was returned to the sea.  During his 4 months in rehabilitation, Perciatelli was treated for the immediate injuries sustained from encountering the boat, as well as liver issues that developed over his time in our care.

Perciatelli's Boat Strike Wound - After several weeks of healing

Joined by a small group of volunteers, staff and friends from Idexx Laboratories (Westbrook, Maine) Perciatelli slowly headed to the waves at Gilbert Place Beach in Biddeford, Maine.

He gave a quick look back at the group of people who had come to see him off.   Moments later, he slipped under a wave and swam away.

Our guests take a quick peek at a seal - up close - just for a minute.

Guest of Honor Opens Perciatelli's Cage

Slowly making a break for the water

Bundled up for a cold-weather release. The chill can't keep folks away from the sight, though!

Perciatelli hits the surf

Now, to swim through a few big waves and he'll be home free.

** Thanks to our friends at Idexx Laboratories for support of our 2012 Frolic for Flippers 5K.

TWO Seal Releases – Sat 10/13 and Sun 10/14!!!!!

October 12th, 2012 by Shannon

We have so many healthy weanlings ready to head back to sea!!!!  We are doubling up the fun and hosting TWO seal releases this weekend.  Join us both Saturday 10/13/2012 and Sunday 10/14/2012 to say goodbye to SEVEN of our flippered friends!

Date:  Saturday, October 13, 2012 (Rain or  Shine)
Who?  Maultasche, Maltagliati, Carbonara and Marille

Date: Sunday, October 14, 2012 (Rain or  Shine)
Who?  Vermicelli, , Orzo and Acini di pepe


Kennel Door Opens at:  11:30 am
(Be there early!) on both Saturday and Sunday
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~11:31 am
(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
  • Donations for the MARC program – Every dollar helps!

Thanks to our 2012 Frolic for Flippers 5K Sponsors!!!

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 nearly 100 animals.  You can adopt a seal by calling 207-221-4228.  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.

Save.the.Date – Seal Release 04.01.12

March 26th, 2012 by Shannon

Ever wonder what happens when you add pasta to salt water?  Well, join us to find out!  This Sunday, we will be sending 3 of our noodle-named seals back to sea.

Rigatoni and Capelli playing in the pool

Date:  Sunday, April 1, 2012 (Rain, Snow or Shine… fingers crossed for sunshine, though!)
Who?  Capelli d’Angelo, Rigatoni, Fettuccine*
(*subject to change)
Kennel Door Opens at:  10:00 am
(Be there early!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~10:01 am
(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
  • $1 donation (Just $1 buys a pound of food for our seals)
  • 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.  Last year the MARC treated over 90 seals.  We are currently preparing for Harbor Seal pupping season- our busiest time of year!!!  You can sponsor a seal by calling 207-221-4228, and donating today.  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.

MARC Merchandise and Clynk bags will be available at the release! Special Prices on t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants!!! Come stop by the tent and visit!!! Cash or Checks only please!

Watch the latest movie about one of our past patients, just for fun:

 

Seal Release + Beach Cleanup – 02.19.2012

February 16th, 2012 by Shannon

Date:  Sunday, February 19, 2012 (Rain, Snow or Shine… fingers crossed for sunshine, though!)
Who?  Stinger
(MARC 11-079 Pv)
Kennel Door Opens at:  11:00 am

Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~11:01 am
(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

About Stinger:  Stinger arrived to MARC in July 2011, when an injury, likely caused by entanglement in line or netting, was in need of medical attention.  He’s now healed, in good body condition, and ready for return to sea.  He’ll be sporting a satellite tag, so we can watch his travels.

Join us for the release and post-release beach cleanup, to remove waste and prevent future animals from injuries like Stingers!

What to Bring:

  • Cameras
  • Good Vibes
  • Garbage bags to collect trash (we will be bringing a stash, too!)

Special Request: Parking is at Gilbert Place public parking.  Please drive carefully, mind speed limits and be respectful of the neighbors.  Thanks!