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Lowell Lecture

There will be Blood: Seal and Sea Lion health care at the New England Aquarium

Date & Time

May 13, 2014


IMAX Theater at New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
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Jenny Montague, Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals, New England Aquarium 2013 John H. Cunningham Award Winner

Presenting Organization

New England Aquarium



Blood sampling is an important part of monitoring the health of seals and sea lions at the New England Aquarium; but how do you find a blood vessel under all of that fur? The seals and sea lions recognize the marine mammal staff and spend hours eating, playing, observing and interacting each day. This familiarity plays a role in the animals' willingness to cooperate during blood sampling and other diagnostics. In an effort to gain a fuller understanding, Jenny Montague, Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals, applied for the 2013 John H. Cunningham Award, a professional development program for NEAq staff to further their knowledge in a particular area. Jenny has known several of the seals in the collection since they were newborns but needed training to locate and draw from a large blood vessel under the fur and blubber. Her award funded a trip to The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA and the experience of a lifetime.

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