Creature Features

#OceanRunnerNH: Who’s drilling holes in the shells?

Ocean Runner Nichole is curious about the perfect little round holes she has seen on empty periwinkle, mussel and clam shells. Seacoast Science Center’s Ashley Stokes explains how some snails are herbivores (plant eaters) and some, omnivores (meat eaters). Omnivores, such as dog whelks and moon snails, use their radula to “drill” a hole in

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Green Crabs: Disaster or Delicacy?

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England

Green crabs are one of the many species you can find along the shore throughout New England, including the tide pools and rocky coast of Odiorne State Park. But did you know that they haven’t always been here?

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Inflatable Whale Visits SSC

Our summer campers got to learn about whales in a unique way: by climbing inside one! Staff members from the Blue Ocean Society recently brought their inflatable baleen whale named Ladder to the Seacoast Science Center. Our campers were able to go inside to see the whale’s skeleton and organs, and learn how whales

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One Crafty Critter: the Common Octopus

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
Back by popular demand, we’ve introduced a new Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, into our Creature Feature tank. Some fans may recall how much attention the octopus we had on exhibit in 2012 received. And, there’s good reason for it!

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Chain Catshark Fluorescence Research

Charles Mazel, PhD | N I G H T S E A

Chain catsharks, Scyliorhinus rotifer, like the ones at the Seacoast Science Center, have a distinctive beige/brown color pattern. But they also have a secret property – when you shine a blue light on them they glow bright green! This is beautiful and

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Little Skates vs. Stingrays

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
When looking into our Close Encounters tank you might see something that resembles a stingray. Flat body, wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail – sure sounds like a stingray to me! Well, these familiar looking fish are actually skates

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#OceanRunnerNH: Moon Jellies at the Atlantic Grill

 
Ocean Runner Nichole and her running partner, Susan Labrie of the Atlantic Grill, learn more about the moon jellyfish in the tank at Atlantic Grill from Seacoast Science Center Aquarist Rob Royer.
The Atlantic Grill is located at 5 Pioneer Rd, Rye, NH. Learn about their fabulous venue and check out their menu at www.theatlanticgrill.com.
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#OceanRunnerNH: Little blobs on the beach (comb jellies)

Ocean Runner Nichole spots little gelatinous blobs when running on the beach. Suspecting that they are a type of jellyfish, she goes to Seacoast Science Center Naturalist Anna for answers. She learns that they are not jellyfish at all, but comb jellies, a species belonging to the Ctenophora phylum, that live in marine waters worldwide.

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Seahorses: The Super Dads of the Sea

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
Father’s Day is a great time to thank all the dads out there who step up their game for life’s most important job! Inarguably, the most notable dad in the animal kingdom, the seahorse, has some pretty unique traits that qualify them for the

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The Horseshoe Crab: A Living Dinosaur

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England

Horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus, are one of the many fascinating ocean animals you can find in the marsh of Odiorne Point State Park, right outside the doors of the Seacoast Science Center. Despite their name, horseshoe crabs are

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