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Weanlings Rest Stop

These two seals kept us busy today! Both of our rehabilitation facilities, National Marine Life Center and Mystic Aquarium, are full. So we monitor the animals and relocate them if necessary.
The first animal is a harbor seal pup, likely newly weaned from Mom. She is alert and responsive, but thin and dehydrated. She is

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Bass Beach Harbor Seal Pup

Yesterday afternoon we responded to this harbor seal pup at the southern end of Bass Beach. Those that reported him to the hotline shared with us that it was small, active, plump, and vocal. This tells us that it was a pup still dependent on its mom. Luckily, a person who reported the seal captured

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Atlantic White Sided Dolphin on Rye Beach

When our team responds to a deceased marine mammal on the shore, we mark it with a paint stick to indicate that we have accessed the carcass, taken photographs, and collected necessary data. However, the surf often removes the markings, making it necessary for us to remark the animal. Thank you to everyone that has called

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Salisbury Beach Gray Seal Relocation

During the past two days, our team has been monitoring a yearling male gray seal on Salisbury Beach. As you can see from the photo, he is suffering from a serious case of alopecia/hair loss. This has been found in gray seals to be caused by a fungal infection and sometimes in conjunction with a

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#OceanRunnerNH: Seal on the Beach?

Ocean Runner Nichole finds SSC’s Marine Mammal Rescue volunteer Patty Adell monitoring a gray seal on a Hampton, NH beach during her afternoon run. Patty fills her in on what to do and not do if you encounter a seal on the beach (dead or alive): stay back and call the MMR hotline at

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Crane’s Beach Gray Seal

This past week responded to another young gray seal, this time on Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA. We waited to share this seal, because she stuck around the area for 2 1/2 days. But we are happy to report that as we were considering where to relocate her because our rehabilitation facilities are full, she

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Rare Blue Lobster Molting

Watch our a rare blue American Lobster (Homarus americanus) molting is this sped-up video. This blue lobster is only about one in about 5 million; a blue lobster is missing most of its red and yellow pigments.
When a lobster grows too big for its carapace, it struggles out of it. At the same

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Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Workshop

Marine Mammal Rescue staff Ashley Stokes and Sarah Toupin recently attended a two day workshop led by TriState Oiled Wildlife Response, NH Department of Environmental Services, and NH Fishand Game to learn tactics used for capture, washing, and rehabilitating oiled wildlife. In addition to learning how oil impacts animals, they also learned about the policies

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Beach Clean-Up Yields Big Results

On Earth Day 2017, the Seacoast Science Center hosted its 9th annual Rescue Run for Marine Mammals, and also hosted its first beach clean-up of the season. Working in partnership with the Blue Ocean Society for Ocean Conservation, we invited Rescue Run participants to stay and help clean up the shoreline at Odiorne Point State

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#OceanRunnerNH: Rescue Run Recap 2017

Seacoast Science Center’s Ocean Runner Nichole gives a quick recap of the Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals held Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Odiorne Point State Park. Seven hundred and thirty six runners and walkers hit the trails to help save the seals! 
The Center combined their Earth Day celebration with the event,

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