Local Moving Company Hoping to Drive Up Donations for Marine Mammal Stranding Center

BRIGANTINE -- The Marine Mammal Stranding Center will be gaining national visibility thanks to Jack Kelly of Brigantine, the owner of Atlantic Coast Moving and Storage.

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Kelly, who recently joined the MMSC board of directors, wanted to help the organization, which is a private nonprofit dedicated to the rescue of sick and injured marine mammals and sea turtles. The center relies on donations to operate.

In an effort to raise national awareness about the MMSC and its work, Kelly offered to outfit 18 of his moving trucks with a 24-inch logo promoting the Marine Mammal Stranding Center’s Adopt a Seal program.

The program is one way the center raises money. For $25, the donor receives an adoption certificate along with a photo and a story about the seal the donation will help. The money helps pay for food and medication. Donations also fund maintenance and the general operation of the center, which is facing unexpected and costly repairs to the concrete foundation of the in-house pool. The repairs are estimated to run at least $10,000.

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Too-friendly New Jersey seal now calls Detroit Zoo home

DETROIT, MI -- A seal named Jersey is living at the Detroit Zoo after being deemed too friendly for release back into the wild. The female gray seal first came into captivity when rescued by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey, about seven months ago.

Jersey the Seal Detroit Zoo

However, a problem arose when the rescue outfit tried to release the fin-footed, semi-aquatic marine mammal back into the wild.

"After being treated and released by the (organization), she reappeared numerous times in different locations and was clearly a little too comfortable being around people," a Marine Mammal Stranding Center statement issued Wednesday said. "When the seal was spotted being petted on a beach" in Longport, New Jersey, it was time to find her a new home.

Through the National Marine Fisheries Service, the seal rescue organization linked up with the Detroit Zoo and facilitated an adoption in November. At the time, Jersey was 9 months old.

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Rescued seal Jersey finds new home at Detroit Zoo

(WXYZ) - You could say the Detroit Zoo sealed the deal to provide a new home for a rescued mammal named Jersey.

Jersey the Seal

The seal was deemed "too friendly" to be released back into the wild in New Jersey about seven months ago.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center ultimately made the decision to send the seal to the Detroit Zoo after she had been picked up by volunteers several times over the course of eight months after being treated and released. In one instance, Jersey was spotted being petted on a beach.

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New Jersey seal enjoys new home at Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - A New Jersey seal that was becoming too comfortable around people is now enjoying her new home at the Detroit Zoo.

Jersey Seal

The seal had been picked up multiple times in various locations by volunteers from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, and was becoming more and more comfortable around people. Bob Schoelkopf, founding director of the MMSC, said that when they picked up the seal being petted on a beach in Longport, they knew it was time to find her a permanent home

The MMSC worked in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service to find the seal a new home, and she was eventually brought to the Detroit Zoo in November. A contest was held and she was named “Jersey.”

“Jersey is doing great, she appears to be thriving in her new home in the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life,” said Scott Carter, Chief Life Sciences Officer for the Detroit Zoological Society.

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Land-Loving Jersey Shore Seal Adapts to Zoo Life in Detroit

The seal who got a little too friendly with the locals on the Jersey Shore and on Long Island is doing swimmingly at a zoo in Detroit.

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The seal, named Jersey, was taken to the Detroit Zoo late last year after stopping at several area beaches over the summer. Before being trapped, animal rescues repeatedly tried to shoo the friendly seal back into the water, but Jersey kept coming back.

Zoo officials say that Jersey has really taken to its new environment.

“Jersey is doing great -- she appears to be thriving in her new home in the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life,” said Scott Carter, a scientist with the zoo. "She lives with four other rescued seals who have also found sanctuary here. Adored by animal care staff and visitors alike, Jersey is often seen interacting with guests in the 70-foot Frederick and Barbara Erb Polar Passage as she swims above them.”




Mysterious Allenhurst whale shooting death solved

Four and a half years after he allegedly shot and killed a pilot whale that beached in Allenhurst, a tuna fishermen has surrendered to U.S. Marshals.

whale shot by human

Cape May resident Daniel Archibald, 27, was charged last Thursday with one count of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman. He appeared in Newark federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge James B. Clark III.

On Sept. 24, 2011 the 11-foot, 740-pound pilot whale was found in Allenhurst gasping its last breath, before dying shortly thereafter.

Right away, foul play was suspected by the man whose job it is to investigate marine mammal strandings.

"We saw that there was an infection in the head. When we sent it to the pathologist we told them to look for the entry wound and what caused it. That's when they found the bullet," said Bob Schoelkopf, Director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.

The necropsy uncovered a .30 caliber bullet lodged in the whale's jaw. The bullet wound triggered an extensive infection that caused the whale to starve to death a month later.

Schoelkopf said he handed the bullet over to the federal authorities, who then started to hunt for the would-be shooter.

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