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On the Brink of Harbor Seal Pupping Season

 
Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
Harbor seals typically give birth during the months of May and June but occasionally pupping season begins early due to warmer water temperatures. Also, just like other mammals, some harbor seals will give birth to their pup prematurely. Last year we responded to our first premature pup on

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Behold the octopus: Problem solver, tool user and now, gene editor

 
Ben Locwin | Originally posted April 20, 2017 | Genetic Literacy Project
There are a few things to learn about octopuses: First – the plural of ‘octopus’ is indeed ‘octopuses,’ not ‘octopi.’ Second – they are thought to be, by far, the smartest invertebrates on the planet. They  use tools, solve mazes and puzzles, and

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Barbara Newall: Supporter for 25+ years!

Heidi Duncanson | Development and Communications Coordinator
 
When Barbara Newall was a student at the University of New Hampshire in the 1940s, she could not have predicted where her ties to the school and the New Hampshire Seacoast would lead her decades later.
Growing up, Barbara got an early introduction to the ocean. Her

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Seal Rogers Williams Released!

Exciting news!! Seal Rogers Williams, named after the veterinarian at NMLC, was our last seal from 2016 to still be in rehab with our friends at National Marine Life Center. He was rescued from Rye Harbor on September 30th and was finally released back to the wild this afternoon after battling the Pox Virus. Rogers’s

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Seacoast Science Center Welcomes Jim Chase as New President

 

The Seacoast Science Center is pleased to announce that Jim Chase has been named President as of April 17, 2017. Chase served as Vice President of the Seacoast Science Center for nearly 12 years, from 2001-2013.
An avid climber, Jim left the Center to take the position of Operations Director of The Access

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#OceanRunnerNH: Dopey Challenge Recap

SSC’s Ocean Runner Nichole fills fans in on her experience while participating in the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World in Florida. The race, held January 5-8, 2017, consisted of a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon, totaling 48.6 miles. Nichole chose to run for greater purpose than her own personal satisfaction. As Vice President

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Lumpfish

With its triangular shape, beautiful coloration, unique ability to adhere itself vertically to submerged structures and engaging face, the lumpfish is a favorite of Seacoast Science Center staff and visitors. Aquarist Rob Royer shares the fact about the lumpfish that reside at the Center.
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Supporters for 25 years: Howard and Phyllis Crosby

Heidi Duncanson | Development and Communications Coordinator
Howard and Phyllis Crosby had their eye on the Seacoast Science Center even before its official opening 25 years ago. The view from their home in New Castle looks right across Little Harbor to Odiorne Point and the Isles of Shoals, so they had a keen interest in

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Seacoast Science Center celebrates 25 years of ocean education

The Seacoast Science Center has been a favorite destination for families since it opened its doors in 1992. Located in historic Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH, the Center provides exceptional marine and environmental education through programs, exhibits, marine mammal rescue, and interpretation of Odiorne Point State Park.
“Our mission is to inform people

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Sea Star Wasting Disease

 
Mike Doherty | Program Naturalist
If you visited the Center recently, you may have noticed an odd-looking sea star or two. That is because many of them had begun to autotomise their own arms, meaning purposefully disconnecting them from their bodies.
Sea stars are known drop limbs for a number of reasons; one being

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