About Us

www.nmlc.orgThe 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.

Contact:

P.O. Box 269, 120 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532-0269
508-743-9888 | Fax 508-759-5477
nmlc@nmlc.org | mermaidball@nmlc.org
www.nmlc.org | www.mermaidball.com

Accomplishments (as of June 27, 2016):

  • Cared for 330 threatened, endangered, and/or protected marine animals
    • 102 sea turtles (Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead turtles)
    • 84 seals (harp, harbor, and gray seals)
    • 144 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
  • Reached over 74,462 children and adults in our STEM-based, environmental education programs
  • Welcomed over 115,823 visitors to our Marine Animal Discovery Center
  • Provided hands-on, experiential learning experiences for 450+ students through internships, work study appointments, and service learning projects
  • Published several scientific papers and presented at numerous scientific conferences
  • Offer interesting volunteer opportunities to ~65 teens and adults
  • Contribute to the economic revitalization of Main Street, Buzzards Bay
  • Actively partner with 35+ local organizations, community groups, government agencies, and schools
  • Serve on numerous boards and advisory groups for community organizations and schools