Two weeks ago the Harpswell, Maine, community experienced a horrific tragedy when a woman was fatally bitten by a shark while swimming close to shore. In the aftermath of such a tragedy, we must all remember that the media and other non-experts talking about this event often spread misinformation. While no facts should downplay the gravity of this incident, it is important to source information from reputable experts.
As we prepared to move to our new space in Brunswick earlier this year, we were unaware of just how critical our larger facility would prove to be. We were already (literally) moving quickly in the lull between busy stranding seasons, but we couldn’t have known Mystic Aquarium was soon to announce the termination of their seal rescue and rehab program. Click through to learn how MMoME responded.
In case you missed the news, MMoME has received calls about two beaked whales on the Maine Coast in the last month, only the 3rd and 4th documented in MMoME’s response region in the last 20 years! Usually found in deep waters offshore and rarely sighted, very little is known about the 22 species of beaked whales. With help from specialists around the world, the two species were determined to be Blainsville and Sowerby’s beaked whales. Read more about the cases and watch local news coverage here.
Doughty awarded the David St. Aubin Award of Excellence for response to seal Unusual Mortality Event. Click through to read article.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 There has been a high number of harbor seals stranding in southern Maine starting in July with increasing numbers stranding over the last week. We are now also seeing increasing numbers of stranded harbor seals in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. Cause of the recent strandings…Continue Reading
Gulf of Maine Council Visionary Awards are presented to individuals or organizations within each of the five Gulf of Maine jurisdictions of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. These Awards recognize innovation, creativity, and commitment to promoting a healthy Gulf of Maine. Lynda Ada Doughty is being recognized with a Visionary Award…Continue Reading
Contact Lynda Doughty Telephone 207-844-0654 Date: October 4, 2017 Email email@example.com Website https://mmome.org MARINE MAMMALS OF MAINE Rehabilitates and RELEASES its first TWO HARBOR Seals ~OCTOBER 8th, 2017~ Harpswell, ME, October 4, 2017– Marine Mammals of Maine is excited to announce its first release of two young harbor seals. The release will be this…Continue Reading
Meet Bri, one of 3 amazing MMoME interns this summer. Below is her experience working with MMoME during its first season of seal triage, and a high-profile stranding case. I entered the Marine Mammals of Maine triage center at 9:30 am on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, for the first day of my summer internship. I was nervous…Continue Reading
If you see these young marine mammals ashore this summer, leave them aloneBy Donna Buttarazzi firstname.lastname@example.org Posted Jul. 13, 2016 at 2:50 PM Updated Jul 13, 2016 at 2:53 PM Link to Story: http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20160713/help-us-help-sealsThis baby harbor seal was rescued by Marine Mammals of Maine on Wells Beach last Wednesday and is doing well. Courtesy photo. WELLS…Continue Reading