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Two Northern MA Cases

Our MMR Team assists NOAA Marine Fisheries in responding to the northern MA coast.  Below is a live female weanling harbor seal at Salisbury Reservation. The plan was to take her down to our friends at National Marine Life Center for rehabilitation, but shortly after transport began, she crashed quickly. She was taken to New

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Minke Whale lands in Great Bay

We responded to a deceased small Minke Whale in that washed ashore in Great Bay last week. It was first spotted at the mouth of the Piscataqua on Saturday, July 22nd, and landed on shore up in Great Bay on Tuesday, July 25th. It was decomposing, so a full necropsy was not feasible, but with

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Wallis Sand and Seabrook Seals

We continue to be busy, as weanling season is in full swing! Some of these weanlings are staying only a short time on the beach; others are coming back every morning and night but leaving through the busiest part of the day. With rehabilitation facilities still at capacity (they hope to open a few spots

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A day in the life of a summer intern

by Bailey Farris | Intern, Summer 2017
Hello,  I’m Bailey! I’ve signed myself up for a summer of wise lessons and wonderful times from the amazing Laura Bahl, Seacoast Science Center’s Volunteer Coordinator. It’s been such a treat being here at the Center and I wanted to share a bit of the exciting (and occasionally

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A Marathon Response Weekend

Wow, what a marathon weekend and start to the week we just had! With both rehab facilities still at capacity, we are being very diligent with monitoring animals to keep the public and the animal at a safe distance from one another. We are also relocating when necessary. In addition to staff time, our amazing

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Star Island Response Training

This past week two of our staff members made the trek by boat out to Star Island (Isles of Shoals) to train a few of their staff members how to respond to marine mammals, since we can’t easily dispatch a team member when we get a report out there! That training came at the perfect

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Coral Bleaching

Live, healthy coral has algae in its outer tissue layer, living in a symbiotic relationship. When coral is under stress, from water chemistry, temperature changes or other factors, it expels the algae to protect itself. This process is called coral bleaching. While coral reefs occupy only 1% of the ocean, they hold approximately 25%

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One Photogenic Seal!

The female weanling harbor seal we were monitoring yesterday appears to have gone back out to the ocean! She blended in well at the rocky shore in Rye near the Crown Colony Cottages, but we scoured the area and she is no longer there. She was very photogenic, so we wanted to share some photos

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Harbor Seal Triage

We continue to be busy with harbor seal weanling reports; both new and resightings of previous animals. Yesterday morning we responded to a report of an injured harbor seal weanling in Seabrook Harbor. With rehabilitation facilities still at capacity, our options were limited.
This female seal, newly weaned from mom, seems to have come in

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SSC staffer earns master’s degree in Museum Studies

by Heidi Duncanson | Development & Communications Coordinator

Long-time Seacoast Science Center naturalist Nikki Annelli recently celebrated a milestone: she earned a master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School in Boston. She began taking classes in the spring of 2013 and completed her degree in May of this year. Colleagues celebrated

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