April 2016

First Harbor Pup of the Season

Ashley Stokes  |  Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
We responded to, and later rescued, our first harbor seal pup of the season on April 23rd. After a quite month for the hotline, this seal was reported during the peak check-in chaos, just before the start of our Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals 5k. Luckily, Rye police officers were

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Seacoast Science Center Rescue Run 5k Race Results

Over seven hundred runners and walkers hit the trails of Odiorne Point State Park for the Seacoast Science Center’s Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals on Saturday, April 23, 2016. The scenic route brought them through the forest, by the rocky shore, on the sandy beach, and up (and down) the hills over military

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#OceanRunnerNH: Here’s the rap on that wayward lobster trap!

#OceanRunnerNH, Nichole Rutherford, enlists Jen Kennedy, Executive Director and co-founder of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, to inform us on what to do, and not do, if you see a lobster trap washed up on the shore.
Contacts:
Beach Cleanups:
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation
www.blueoceansociety.org
603-431-0260
To Report a Trap:
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#OceanRunnerNH: Periwinkles Don’t Run!

#OceanRunner Nichole Rutherford is running along the rocky beach at Odiorne Point State Park and spots what she thinks is a fast moving periwinkle. When she stops to take a closer look she discovers it is actually a hermit crab. Ocean Runner heads to the Seacoast Science Center to learn more from Program Naturalist

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Northern Sea Star Feeding

Watch this short video to see the sea star’s inverted stomach! The sea star has a feeding method unlike any other; it secures its prey with its tube feet and pries it open—like the shells of bivalve (clams and mussels are favorites!), and then ejects its stomach from its own body, placing it over the digestible parts of

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Northern Rock Barnacles Feeding

Northern Rock Barnacles (Balanus balanoides) are crustaceans that attach themselves permanently to a hard substrate. They begin life as free swimming larvae and when it comes to settle, they “glue” their heads to hard surfaces, such as rocks, ships, pilings, and other hard-surfaced animals. Shell plates form to enclose the shrimp-like larvae that grow throughout

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#OceanRunnerNH Introduces the Seacoast Science Center’s new Video Blog

Seacoast Science Center’s Nichole Rutherford introduces the new #OceanRunnerNH Video Blog. Follow the Ocean Runner as she runs along the coast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine to raise awareness of our ocean environment and promote ocean health. Filled with questions about what she sees along the way, the Ocean Runner looks to her

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Rare Orange Lobster Molting

Watch an American Lobster’s (Homarus americanus) molting is this sped-up video, narrated by Seacoast Science Center Aquarist Rob Royer.
This rare orange lobster was in one of our tanks when we spotted it beginning to molt. Because it is more vulnerable to predation when it sheds its hard exoskeleton, we moved it to safety during

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What about the ocean keeps me up at night?

Wendy Lull  |  SSC President  |   originally posted September 28, 2015
For those of us who live in coastal communities, sometimes it’s hard to find good news about the state of the ocean. Sea level rise, storm surge, ocean acidification, degraded fisheries, entangled whales, seals and sea birds starving to death with bellies full of

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6 simple things you can do to help save the ocean.

Karen Provazza | Director of Marketing

Our trash does not belong in the ocean.
Why is that a big deal? 
More than all of the world’s rain forests, the ocean supplies up to 70% of our oxygen. The ocean regulates our climate, holds 97% of the Earth’s water, and provides the primary source of

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