Save.the.date: Seal Release 04.21.2013

April 16th, 2013 by Shannon

We are in a CELEBRATORY mood!  We recently admitted our 1000th patient to MARC (and he was shortly followed by our #1001).  This is a HUGE milestone for our program.  What better way to help us CELEBRATE than by joining us to say farewell to a few of our happy, healthy patients!?!?!?!  Won’t you join us?

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Join us to say farewell to Warheads, Nutrageous, and Mamba!

Date:  Sunday, April 21, 2013
Who?  Mamba, Nutrageous, and Warheads

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
  • Every Dollar Counts!  Can you help us raise $1000 in honor of our 1000th Patient, Hubba Bubba, to help incoming patients like Runt(#1001)?  We’re in the midst of a 100 x 10 fundraiser.

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.

Need something to do before/after the release:  Come visit us at MARC!  Our happy seals can be seen swimming in their pools.  Our docents will be onsite to answer questions or provide guided tours.

 

Eleven Years and 1000 Animals Later….

April 12th, 2013 by Shannon

On the morning of Friday, April 5, our phone rang.

On the other end of the phone, Lynda Doughty, Director of local stranding response organization, Marine Mammals of Maine.  She had a reports of a young gray seal hanging out on the docks of Portland, Maine, and was sending a volunteer into the field to check it out.

Hubba Bubba - Photo courtesy of Sail Maine

On the docks of local organization, Sail Maine, rested a young, male grey seal.  Just a mere 3 months old, the seal was dehydrated, underweight, and suffering from an injury to his mouth, which was causing some associated swelling of his face.   It was decided that the animal would be collected and tranported to us, the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center, for stabilization and further medical attention.

What the seal didn’t know was that he would soon earn the title of the “1000th Animal helped by the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center”.   Dubbed “Hubba Bubba” in our annual naming theme (this year is Candy), this young gray seal has now become the face of the work that we have collectively done to help individual seals, turtles, cetaceans since we opened in 2001.

Opening in August of 2001, MARC started with a small staff and a handful of volunteers capable of helping a handful of animals annually.  Over the years, MARC has grown to help an average of 100 animals each year  - utilization hundreds of students, interns and community volunteers throughout the years.  Every animal that we see, each and every one of the first 1000, has been given the best care we can provide – and a shot at a second chance at life.   Not every animal gets a chance to live out in the wild again, despite all efforts to help them, but for the ones that do, we know that we are making a difference for those individuals.

Hubba Bubba’s prognosis is good.  With some solid nutrition, antibiotics and lots of fluid during his first week at MARC – we’re already seeing him making improvements.  He’s a feisty guy and we expect him to make a full recovery during his stay with us.   He doesn’t know how important he is in our milestone to reach 1000 animals.  He’s just happy to be alive.

 

We’d like to thank everyone that has impacted MARC during our first 1000 animals.  Volunteers, students, community supporters, and donors alike, none of our work is possible without you.

Cheers to Hubba Bubba!  And here’s to the next 1000 animals.

To continue to support every animal that deserves a second chance, consider making a contribution today.  Every dollar supplies a pound of fish.  More contributions = More medications, diagnostics and treatments for Hubba Bubba and future patients at MARC.

 

Shades of Gray (Seal)

April 1st, 2013 by Shannon

It’s been a busy few weeks for us here at the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center.  During the month of March, we received 8 gray seal weanlings, plus one today, April Fool’s Day giving us a total of 9 gray seals – and that’s no joke.  It seems like a large number of gray seals, but we are seeing roughly the same number in our hospital as last year.

New Gray Seal at MARC - Peeps - Arrived on Saturday before Easter

Most of these young animals are arriving to us via our friends at Marine Mammals of Maine and New England Aquarium, but fellow stranding agencies along the east coast are also seeing plenty of gray seals this time of year.  Primarily, our newest patients are being affected with some minor respiratory infections, heavy parasite loads (pretty normal for seals) and dehydration.  These issues can be life-threatening for young animals, but with good observations on the beaches and early treatment once they are in the hospital, we have a good chance at returning the majority of these guys back to the wild.  It’s amazing the huge impact nutrition, antibiotics, and fluids make on these little guys.

One fun fact about gray seals is that the animals’ gender can typically be determined by looking at their coat color.  Males are usually dark with light spots, while females are light with dark spots.  Check out the photos below.

Male Gray Seal - Cadbury - arrived Easter Sunday - notice the dark coat and light spots

This female gray - "Smartie" - arrived on 3/23/13. One eye is ruptured (Left), the other has severe infection (Right) and is being treated with eye medications. She loves swimming in the pool and diving to the bottom for fish. Notice her light coat with dark spots?

We’ll keep you posted on their progress.  If you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by and see them swimming in their pools.

Save.The.Date: Seal Release 3.17.2013

March 15th, 2013 by Shannon

Sno-Cap: Release this Sunday!

Another one of MARC’s lucky seals – ready for release.  Thanks to some good fortune, this little guy made it to the MARC hospital via our friends at Marine Mammals of Maine who transported him for care.

Bring some Irish cheer and join us for a very St. Paddy’s Day seal release!

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Date:  Sunday, March 17, 2013
Who?  Sno-Cap (the harp seal)

Time:  12:00 pm
(Be there early!)
Blubber Hits the Water at:  ~12:02 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
  • Every Dollar Counts!  St. Paddy’s Day is all about the green!  Don’t get pinched – donate a dollar or two to support the program!
  • 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.

Holiday Seal Release – Sunday 12/23/12

December 21st, 2012 by Shannon

Grattoni - heads back to the ocean just in time for a little holiday cheer at sea.

Date:  Sunday, December 23, 2012 (Even if it snows!… fingers crossed for sunshine, though!)
Who?  Grattoni
the harbor seal
Grattoni arrived to MARC in September, thanks to the great folks at Marine Mammals of Maine.  He was treated for a severely abscessed right shoulder which had developed into an infection of the bone in his flipper.  Thankfully, after several months of antibiotics and care, he has healed and is ready to return to the wild.
Kennel Door Opens at:  11:00 am (Be there early!)
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  Please drive carefully, mind speed limits and be respectful of the neighbors.  Thanks!

What to Bring:

  • Cameras
  • Good Vibes
  • Donations for our “Seas the Day:: December Days of Giving” Fundraiser
  • Need a last minute holiday gift?  Bring along some cash – shirts and other merchandise available beachside
  • 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 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.