Time to SEALabrate! MMSC turns 44!
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center was founded in March of 1978, and 44 years later we are still fulfilling our mission of Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release of marine mammals and sea turtles. Won't you help us celebrate by sending a birthday card? Cards may be mailed to the address below or sent virtually! Any card accompanied by a donation of $25 or more (or donations of $25 or more made through our website) during the month of March will receive a beautiful 5x7 matted color photo of a harp seal by volunteer photographer Scott Longfield!
Send your birthday cards to:

or mail to:
PO Box 773
Brigantine, NJ 08203
THANK YOU to all of our supporters for helping us be there for the animals that have needed us for all these years, we couldn't do it without you!
On Tuesday our Stranding Team relocated two Harp seals from beaches that were becoming busy with people as they tried to rest. Both seals were brought into the MMSC for an assessment. The 44lb female and 64lb male were found to be healthy and in good body condition, with only a few superficial abrasions. Before being released to a more secluded beach to rest undisturbed, our Stranding Team marked them both with a non-toxic livestock marker (female #3, male #4). This temporary marking will allow our team to easily identify these seals should they be spotted again in the next few weeks before the pigment fades.
Harp seals are one of our more fascinating winter visitors. This species is most commonly found dwelling on the ice in the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, but have been known to travel as far south as Virginia in the winter. They move on land differently than other seals, hooking their front flippers into the substrate, as can be seen in this video. They use their flipper nails to gain better traction on the ice. When they move on our sandy beaches, they create a very distinct track in the sand, with deep alternating flipper prints on either side of the line left by their belly as they scoot along towards the water.
MMSC Mission Statement
Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release, Preserve
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is dedicated to responding to marine mammals and sea turtles in distress along all of New Jersey's waterways and to the rehabilitation of these animals for release back into the wild. In situations where animals may not be released, every effort is made to secure a proper, enriching facility to provide lifetime care. We are further committed to the well-being of marine mammals and to inspire responsible stewardship of our oceans through educational programs and collaborations.