Take The Kids To Visit The Buzzards Bay Animal Rescue-type People This Week...
My people and I did a visit to the NMLC on Main Street in Buzzards Bay this weekend.
The National Marine Life Center is the place where seals, turtles and eventually whales will be taken when they need human-like medical help. They are currently working on 4 sea turtles, 2 seals, and a few red belly cooter turtles.
All this week, they are having a series of special events to help introduce people to just what the NMLC does. They are giving tours of the facility, where kids can come say a big how-do-you-do to my man Howland the Gray Seal (pictured, right). I should add that Howland gets a bit cranky and hisses at you if you try to pat his seal snout, or so someone told me. He also is not tolerant of flash photography.
The staff at the NMLC is also ever-present, ready to keep the kids informed and to even answer stupid questions from the adults (Stephen wanted to throw herring to the seals... the staff just looks at you funny when you ask to do that, by the way). They'll be in effect all week, so head on down!
Here's the basic calendar of events:
Each day starts off at 11:00 AM with the Little Flippers Club where guests will be listening to stories about the featured animal, and making a marine animal craft featuring the daily animal.
At 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 PM we will be giving a patient update about our four sea turtle patients, Townsend the Harbor Seal, Howland the Gray Seal, and our eight red bellied cooters.
At 1:00 PM things will be taking a mysterious turn. We will be solving a marine animal medical mystery where attendees will learn how to care for a different animal, and some of the mysteries involved in wildlife rehabilitation.
At 3:00 PM guests will do a little exploring in our discovery center for our Marine Animal Exploration. Through hands on activities, kids will learn about all their favorite marine animals, like who they are, where they live, and what they like to eat!
Here are just some of the things you'll see at the NMLC:
This whale seen above is pretty much the west end of the Cape Cod Whale Trail. I know there's one on Head of the Bay Road in Buzzards Bay, and I'm pretty sure that there's one at the Wareham Library, but this is the westernest one that I have a (blurry) picture of.
Technically, you're not supposed to grab the skulls and make them open and close so that your picture will "look mean," but A) I was providing them valuable publicity, and B) Stephen is like 6'5" and resembles a menacing homeless person.
Leavin' Stephen at home wasn't an option either, as his girlfriend is the one inside the Puddles The Penguin outfit. Said girlfriend usually takes the pictures here, which is why we have one blurry pic (that I took), and the rest are of skeletons instead of the exhibits (since my eyesight is too blurry for camera work, I handed off to Ted from Hyannis Port). Sorry about that, even though they are sort of cool.
The NMLC was a contributor to the recent "46 turtle, 1200 miles" mass return of cold-stunned turtles back to a more positive environment down in the Dirty South. This guy is "Phoenix."
We'll finish up with Townshend, who was having some ear work done (he went deaf while playing with The Who) and didn't make a public appearance this weekend.