Introducing: The NEW Face of MARC

September 16th, 2013 by Shannon

We are thrilled to announce that as of September 16, 2013, MARC is now officially “The Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation” program (formerly the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center).

As part of the strategic plan for UNE’s Marine Science Center, the MARC animal rehabilitation program is being more closely integrated into UNE’s marine science academic programs and has undergone a rebranding to reflect that – complete with a new name, the Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Program, and logo.  The MARC moniker remains intact.

Please take a moment enjoy a short introduction of the University of New England MARC Rebrand by Program Manager, Kristen Patchett.  We hope you enjoy the new look and goals of the MARC program.

Letter from Kristen Patchett, MARC Program Manager

Frolic for Flippers 2013 Raffle

August 25th, 2013 by Shannon


The 3rd Annual Frolic for Flippers 5K takes place on Saturday, September 21st, 2013.  We can’t wait to see you with your running shoes (and costumes, if you dare).  Get in the spirit and help us raise money to help  more animals!

Kid’s Fun Run (1 miler) for ages 5-12 starts at 9:30 am
Frolic for Flippers 5K (open to ages 6+) starts at 10:00 am

Pre-register online to get the best deals.  All registered runners receive event tee.

Returning for 2013, an amazing raffle with great prizes!!!!  Courtesy of many local businesses, we’re bringing you great adventures and others gifts this year.  See photos and information below for a sneak-peek at this year’s raffle items.

Three Rivers Adventure Pack Raffle** – $10 per ticket or $25 for 3 tickets
(Frolic fundraisers receive 3 tickets per $25 raised for the Adventure Pack Raffle) 

#1 White Water Rafting Trip for up to 9 people ($981 value)  (Three Rivers)
#2 Jump n’ Raft for 2 people – Skydive and Raft Package ($578 value) (Three Rivers/Jump and Raft)

Frolic 2013 Raffle** – $1/ticket, $5/6 tickets, $10/12 tickets, $20/25 tickets
#3 Three-course meal for 2 (Seaglass Restaurant)
#4  Betty Seal Beach Bag (Bungalow 360)
#5  “Whale of a Party” Themed Gift Basket (beach grass shop)
#6  5-Class Yoga Pass (Greener Postures Yoga)
#7  Betty Sea Turtle Beach Bag (Bungalow 360)
#8  Handmade Beaded Bracelets (Mia Amicas Globally)
#9  4-Week Bootcamp Session (Biddeford Saco Bootcamp)
#10  Energy Healing with Linda Huitt (
#11  Seasonal Pool Closure (Sunrise Pool and Spa)
#12  Lobster Tour for 6 (Maine Lobster Boys) + Keep the Bugs you Catch!
#13  Sissycakes Gift Certificate for Specialty Desserts  (Sissycakes)
50/50 Raffle – Winner Keeps Half/MARC Keeps Half
#14 Forever Kai Eco-Bags (10 Chances to Win!)

More Items being added daily!

**Need not be present to win.

Won’t be at the Frolic?  You can STILL purchase raffle tickets!  email for information!


Many thanks to our 2013 Sponsors!
Idexx Laboratories
Three Rivers
Rock 106.3
Rich Obrey Photography
Bedford Controls
Beach Grass Shop
Panera Bread
Sunrise Pool and Spa
The Arm Factory
Maine Lobster Boys


Seal Release Tomorrow!!

July 19th, 2013 by Shannon

Skittles - one of six seals being released Saturday July 20

This will be one of the largest seal releases in MARC history… and it’s nothing to SNICKER about.  There couldn’t be sweeter news to share.  Six little sugarbabies will return to the sea tomorrow.  Though there’s a chance of storms bringing LICORICE black clouds – and it may pour down SKITTLES and PIXIE STICKS – we’ll be there no matter what to say goodbye to six of our happy healthy pups.  Join us for a fun, BUBBLICIOUS event.  We’ll all cheer BAZOOKA as they enter the surf!

Who:  Skittles, Licorice, Bubblicious, Pixie Stick, Snickers, and Bazooka * (*subject to last minute change)
Saturday, July 20, 2013
(Rain or Shine!)
Kennel Door Opens at:
12:30 pm
(Be there early !!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:
~12:31 pm
(Blink and you’ll miss it)
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.  Also, be sure to leave access to the dirt driveway at the end…this is the parking spot our seal-carrying vehicle will be using.  If we can’t get down the road to release the seal, he’ll be disappointed.

Check out some before and after shots of all the seals.  Each animal was collected and brought to MARC by the good folks at Marine Mammals of Maine and Allied Whale.

More information on the animals can be found at


Typical Tuesday at MARC

July 16th, 2013 by Shannon

Tuesday afternoon, each week, is a busy day. While our interns, work-study students, and volunteers work diligently to care for the animals, the MARC staff spends the morning in meetings – reviewing animal cases and operational matters. While talking animals, we review each case individually – discussing things like behaviors, medical concerns, treatment plans and general progress of each case. This is also done on a daily basis, but Tuesday is the day all staff is present to discuss as a team. Then, it’s go-time! We make a plan for reassessing each case and work through each enclosure of seals to collect diagnostics. In some cases, this means release diagnostics (bloodwork, lengths, assessments) that can be submitted to our federal government, who then reviews each case for release, when the time is right.

Our team works together to collect health assessment samples from the patients.

We’ve got dozens of great photos!  To see the full album, click here!


Save.the.Date – BIG seal release 05.04.13

May 2nd, 2013 by Shannon

Friends and followers of MARC – You are cordially invited to the release of “Hubba Bubba” – the 1000th animal helped by MARC – and 3 of his good friends – this Saturday in Biddeford, Maine.  Hubba Bubba stranded one month ago in Portland, Maine – battling dehydration, extreme lethargy, and an injury to and swelling of his mouth.  He’s made a speedy recovery and we are THRILLED to be sending him back to the wild.  For MARC, this is a monumental occasion.

Hubba Bubba and Friends will be returned to the wild this weekend


Date:  Saturday, May 4, 2013
Who?  Rolo, Cadbury, Jelly Bean, and Hubba Bubba

Time:  2:00 pm
(Be there early!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~2:02 pm
(Blink and you might miss it)
  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
  • Every Dollar Counts!  Can you help us raise $1000 in honor of our 1000th Patient, Hubba Bubba, to help current patients like Runt(#1001), Licorice, Kit Kat and Skittles?  We’re in the midst of a 100 x 10 fundraiser.  Please, please, please help us reach our goal!  We are half way there.

100 people x $10 each = $1000 to help the critters at MARC.  Will you be a part of the equation?  Bring a few bucks to the beach and make our seals smile :)

  • All appreciated but not required.