Creature Features

The Common Spider Crab

The Common Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata), also known as the Decorator Crab, is round and spiny, with long legs that can reach around its body to attach bits of algae, shell, and seaweed to the many fine, sticky hairs on its carapace for camouflage. Found in the Atlantic Ocean, from Nova Scotia to the

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The Flounder: Master of Camouflage

SSC Aquarist Rob Royer showcases the flounder that are on exhibit at the Seacoast Science Center and explains their fascinating color-changing ability and the unique development of different species.
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Coral Reef Restoration

Seacoast Science Center Aquarist Rob Royer recently traveled to Key Largo, FL to assist the Coral Restoration Foundation with their coral reef regrowth efforts. Learn about their work in this video (underwater footage shot by Rob), and more about coral reef habitats and their decline at the Center’s new Coral Reefs exhibit.
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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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New Coral Reefs Exhibit

SSC Aquarist Rob Royer introduces the new Coral Reefs exhibit and talks about some of the warm water corals, fish, and anemones that reside in the tank.
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Red Lionfish

The red lionfish (Pterois volitans) is a venomous coral reef fish that makes its way all the way up to the Gulf of Maine during the warmer summer months. Native to the Indo-Pacific region, lionfish were accidentally introduced into the Western Atlantic. Because they have no known predators, they have become an invasive species.

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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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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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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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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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