The National Marine Life Center is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) marine animal hospital and science and education center founded in 1995 to address the significant environmental problem of lack of rehabilitation space for the hundreds of marine animals that strand on Cape Cod every year.
Our Mission is to rehabilitate and release stranded marine mammals and sea turtles in order to advance science and education in marine wildlife health and conservation.
The Mermaid Ball is our signature fundraising event.
Accomplishments (as of February 26, 2020):
- Cared for 585 threatened, endangered, and/or protected marine animals.
- 203 sea turtles (Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead turtles)
- 196 seals (harp, hooded, harbor, and gray seals)
- 186 non marine turtles (red-bellied cooters, diamondback terrapins, and box turtles)
- Conducted the first known successful “total ear canal ablation and ventral bulla osteotomy” surgery on a seal, resulting in the animal’s successful rehabilitation and release back into the wild.
- Provide the only known Stranded Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Morphological Parasite Identification Laboratory service.
- Analyzed approximately 400 parasite samples collected from marine mammals that stranded as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
- Reached over 108,325 children and adults in over 3,105 STEM-based, environmental education programs.
- Welcomed over 145,879 visitors to our Marine Animal Discovery Center.
- Provide hands-on, experiential learning experiences for over 525 students through internships, work study appointments, and service learning projects.
- Publish scientific papers and presented at numerous scientific conferences.
- Offer interesting volunteer opportunities to approximately 100 teens and adults.
- Contribute to the economic revitalization of Main Street, Buzzards Bay.
- Actively partner with over 35 local organizations, community groups, government agencies, and schools.
- Serve on numerous boards and advisory groups for community organizations and schools.