Creature Features

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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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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Octopus Challenge: Day 2

Octopus are among the most unique beings on Earth. They possess a complex genomic structure that rivals the most intelligent mammals. These invertebrate cephalopods are capable problem solvers and masters of illusion.
Currently, the Seacoast Science Center has two Pacific Red Octopus (Octopus rubenscens) on display. In this video series, you can observe their

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#OceanRunnerNH: Tide Pool Touch Tank

Ocean Runner Nichole learns about tide pool ecology from naturalist Kate Leavitt at the Seacoast Science Center, and gets hands-on with some of the cool critters that inhabit the tank, including sea stars, urchins, hermit crabs, periwinkles, and more.
Help Ocean Runner fund a new program, Healthy Ocean or Bust Bandits, a community action

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Octopus Challenge: Day 1

Octopus are among the most unique beings on Earth. They possess a complex genomic structure that rivals the most intelligent mammals. These invertebrate cephalopods are capable problem solvers and masters of illusion.
Currently, the Seacoast Science Center has two Pacific Red Octopus (Octopus rubenscens) on display. In this video series, you can observe

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What’s Creep, Crawly, and Bloo?

Or, Blue, rather! No costume necessary! This American Lobster (Homarus americanus) is one in a million! Typically a mottled brown tone, this rare guy is a brilliant blue because he is missing most of his yellow and red pigments.
Come learn about this magnificent blue lobster, and other rare colorations of these crustaceans, on display in the Seacoast

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BioBlitz: A dawn to dusk species hunt of OPSP

The Seacoast Science Center hosts its annual BioBlitz event in September. BioBlitz is a daylong species hunt in Odiorne Point State Park, where families explore alongside scientists and field experts to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day.
BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all

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#OceanRunnerNH: The American Lobster

Crusher claws, cutter claws, pincher legs, and long whipping antennae make these arthropods a frightful sight for some, but we love them here at the Seacoast Science Center!  Find out why the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, is such a fascinating creature as Ocean Runner Nichole learns more about them from Seacoast Science Center Naturalist

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#OceanRunnerNH: Horseshoe Crabs 101

Horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus, are often referred to as dinosaurs of the sea. Fossils show that the have lived on earth, unchanged, for about 480 million years! A horseshoe crab’s entire body is protected by a hard carapace, which molts when it grows. Ocean Runner Nichole is inspired to learn more about this ancient

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Dory, Nemo, and our Tropical Tank

 
SSC Marketing Intern Ashley Breault hosts a Q & A with Aquarist Rob Royer about the creatures in one of our most popular exhibits; the Topical Tank. The exhibit highlights the differences and similarities between warm water species, like the brightly colored fish of the tropics, and cold water species, like those in the

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