MSPCA-Angell Headquarters

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7400
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Angell Animal Medical Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7282
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Angell West

293 Second Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 902-8400
For on-site assistance (check-ins and pick-ups):
(339) 970-0790
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Angell at Nashoba – Low-Cost Wellness Care

100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886
(978) 577-5992
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Boston

350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-5055
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Cape Cod

1577 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA 02632
(508) 775-0940
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Animal Care and Adoption Centers – Nevins Farm

400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
(978) 687-7453
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Animal Welfare: Marine Life

Learn about the species that frequent Massachusetts’ coasts and ocean waters

North Atlantic Right Whale

North Atlantic Right Whale

One of the largest mammals on earth, the North Atlantic right whale spends part of the year off the Massachusetts coast.

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Older than dinosaurs, sharks are the ocean’s apex predator. They sit at the top of the food chain, and help maintain the delicate balance of their marine habitat.

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Sea Turtles

Four of the seven species of the world’s sea turtles visit Massachusetts waters: Kemp’s Ridley turtles; the green turtle; the loggerhead turtle; and the leatherback.

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Impact of Commercial Fishing on Dolphins

Even though the U.S. does not actively hunt dolphins for food, a large amount of dolphins inadvertently get caught in U.S. commercial fishing nets. In some parts of the world, dolphins are considered food and are hunted with harpoons and nets.

Seafood: A New Form of Factory Farming

Methods used by large-scale fisheries often prove deadly to many other marine creatures who share their home with commercially-targeted fish species. Most large scale fishing vessels use huge nets, long-lines and/or bottom trawls which often trap or fatally wound non-target species, such as dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals, manatees, and sea turtles.

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Sea Lions/Seals

While sea lions and seals look pretty much the same, both having long front flippers and long sleek bodies, they are different in two ways:

  1. Sea lions have small ear flaps on each side of the head, whereas seals just have tiny opening for their ears.
  2. Sea lions are able to rotate their hind flippers forward to help them move on land. Seals cannot do this, and must wriggle, roll, or slide to get out of the water and to move around on land.

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Impact of Commercial Fisheries on Sea Lions and Seals

Unfortunately, not only do sea lions and seals get caught in fishing nets, in some areas, sea lions and seals are shot by fishermen who blame them for damaging their nets.


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Impact of Commercial Fishing on Manatees

Though hunting manatees was banned in 1893 and manatees have few natural predators (sharks, crocodiles, killer whales and alligators) manatees are listed by the World Conservation Union as vulnerable to extinction. The current main threat to manatees in the United States is being struck with boats or slashed by propellers.


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