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:

Frolic for Flippers 2013 Raffle

August 25th, 2013 by Shannon

ARE YOU READY TO FROLIC for FLIPPERS?

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 (www.lindahuitt.com)
#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 sprendiville@une.edu 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

 

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. 

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)
Date:
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)
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.  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 http://www.une.edu/research/msc/marc/patients/

 

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!