The National Marine Life Center (NMLC) in Buzzards Bay, MA is a private, non-profit marine animal hospital and science education center, dedicated to rehabilitating and releasing stranded whales, dolphins, seals, and sea turtles, and to advancing scientific knowledge and education in marine wildlife health and conservation. Serving an expansive coastal region noted for significant numbers of marine animal strandings, NMLC currently operates a clinic to rehabilitate for release threatened and endangered sea turtles and stranded seals, and we have plans to build a full-service marine animal hospital capable of treating more patients of more species.
Working with stranded animals not only benefits the individual animal, but also creates opportunities to learn about marine animal populations, wildlife health, and the condition of our ocean and shoreline habitats. In learning more about wildlife and ocean health, researchers often discover human health implications. Through NMLC programs that teach about marine animal strandings, both children and adults learn about the need for environmental stewardship.
To achieve success in its mission of rehabilitation, science, and education, NMLC needs public support. They welcome volunteers as well as in-kind and cash donations.