July 2016

#OceanRunnerNH: Seaweed on the Rocks

Our Ocean Runner does her training along Seacoast beaches as much as possible, and was recently wondering why she never sees seaweed growing ON the beaches. It’s a plant, right? Why is it just hanging onto rocks? Where are its roots?
She met up with Seacoast Science Center president Wendy Lull to learn how

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Microplastics: A Macro Concern

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
We recognize that marine debris has become an alarming problem in our ocean. We’ve seen plastic bags, bottles, cans, and straws along the shore and images of huge garbage patches in the ocean. What we don’t see is the tiny bits

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One Crafty Critter: the Common Octopus

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
Back by popular demand, we’ve introduced a new Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, into our Creature Feature tank. Some fans may recall how much attention the octopus we had on exhibit in 2012 received. And, there’s good reason for it!

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NH Delegates Unanimously Support the Northeast Ocean Plan

Wendy Lull  |  SSC President
On Thursday, July 14th, the entire New Hampshire Congressional delegation once again championed our state’s ocean, coasts, and maritime economy by universally signing onto a bipartisan letter of support, applauding the release of the draft Northeast Ocean Plan, and New England’s continued leadership in ocean planning.
The Ocean Conservancy spread-headed

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Response to Weanlings on Shore Increase in July

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Our team continues to be busy with many reports of young seals on the beaches. This is the time of year when young of the year harbor seals have weaned from mom after only a 21-28 day nursing/bonding period. In July we start to get busy

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#OceanRunnerNH: Color Run Fun

Ocean Runner Nichole and friends just completed The Color Run, held in South Portland, Maine on June 26, 2016, and she shares the answer to question she had: is the color in The Color Run safe for us and the environment? Watch this short video to find out.

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Chain Catshark Fluorescence Research

Charles Mazel, PhD | N I G H T S E A

Chain catsharks, Scyliorhinus rotifer, like the ones at the Seacoast Science Center, have a distinctive beige/brown color pattern. But they also have a secret property – when you shine a blue light on them they glow bright green! This is beautiful and

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Little Skates vs. Stingrays

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
When looking into our Close Encounters tank you might see something that resembles a stingray. Flat body, wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail – sure sounds like a stingray to me! Well, these familiar looking fish are actually skates

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From High School Job Shadow to S.T.E.M Intern

Molly Cleveland | S.T.E.M. Intern, Summer 2016

My first experience with the Seacoast Science Center (SSC) was visiting for a job shadow during my freshmen year of high school. Now, more than six years later, I’m a college intern working on SSC’s S.T.E.M. curriculum. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—all subjects incorporated into the

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A Picture-Perfect Weanling

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Yesterday afternoon our team responded to this handsome male weanling harbor seal. Despite a couple small superficial wounds and being slightly thin, he is pretty close to a picture perfect weanling!!

This photo is a great example that shows the hydration rings that seals should

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