New marine mammal rehab center gets 'seal' of approval
NOAA Fisheries and the Marine Mammals of Maine announced the facility’s opening today—a first-of-its-kind center on the East Coast that fills a critical gap in NOAA’s marine mammal stranding network.
Increasing seal populations in Maine have placed additional demands on stranding responders, especially in the spring pupping season. Approved and permitted by NOAA, Marine Mammals of Maine has stepped in to help nurse the animals back to health.
The new permit allows the facility experts to stabilize and care for seals for up to 96 hours before moving the animals to another location for longer-term care. Learn more about this new center.