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Science Corner – Seal Pox

November 5th, 2015

If you’ve ever visited MMCC, you may have noticed animals with marble-sized bumps or lesions on their skin. The lesions are likely the result of seal pox, a DNA virus that can occur in captive, rehabilitating, and free-ranging seals and sea lions. Seal pox (genus Parapoxvirus) is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be […]

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Science Corner – El Niño

October 2nd, 2015

El Niño is generating a lot of press these days. Simply put, an El Niño condition brings unusually warm temperatures to the equatorial Pacific, changing normal weather patterns. It’s opposite, La Niña, brings unusually cool temperatures to the same region. El Niño’s formal name is the El Niño Southern Oscillation or ENSO, for short. The […]

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Science Corner – Vibrissa

September 18th, 2015

Vibrissa. From the Latin “vibrio” meaning to vibrate or move. Vibrissae (plural), commonly called whiskers, are specialized hairs that are often used by mammals as tactile organs. The name whiskers comes from the term “whisking” which describes the movement some mammals employ when using their whiskers. While the whisker itself doesn’t contain any nerves, the […]

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