On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue Team (MMRT) released Mack the harp seal back into the wild. A “poster-child of a healthy harp seal,” Mack was fit, fat, and ready for his swim back to the Arctic after four weeks of care at the National Marine Life Center.Read More
The Seacoast Science Center is widely known for on-site tide-pooling field trips but naturalists from the Center also bring educational programs out into the community. Recently, SSC Marine Mammal Rescue team leader Ashley Stokes visited St. Michael Parish School in Lowell, MA and presented information about marine mammals to students in grades 2 andRead More
Ashley Stokes | SSC Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
Monomoy Island, off of Chatham Massachusetts, is a known rookery and birthing site for gray seals. Gray seals are the larger, more aggressive relatives of the harbor seal that is typically seen up here in New Hampshire. From January 13-16th, Sarah and I teamed up with 13
The Seacoast Science Center partnered with the New England Aquarium to host the annual Greater Atlantic Regional Stranding Conference in Hull, MA. The conference was held at the Nantasket Beach Resort from October 10-13, 2017. A hundred and fifteen people attended the conference from Maine to Virginia to learn about the new techniques andRead More
Yesterday, our team responded to a female harbor seal weanling (approximately 5 months old) in our own back yard—a few hundred yards from the Center, on the shore of Odiorne Point State Park. She was thin, alert and responsive, and clearly suffering from a severe mouth wound. It’s hard to say at this time whatRead More
It’s not everyday that you can whale and seal watch from your office! In fact, none of the staff here at the Seacoast Science Center can ever remember seeing a whale just outside our windows, let alone two whales!
This morning we were greeted by a humpback whale, a suspected minke whale, as well as
On Sunday, October 8, our team responded to this female weanling harbor seal at Hampton Beach State Park near the jetty. It had good body weight and was alert and responsive, but had micro-abscesses along it’s body and discharge from the eyes. The team was planning on collecting this seal for rehabilitation with our friendsRead More
We had a great crew of 60 people aboard Newburyport Whale Watch’s Captain’s Lady III for our 3rd annual Save the Seals River Cruise on Saturday October 7th. Many thanks to our sponsors for the event: Newburyport Whale Watch, Blue Ocean Event Center and Merrimack Valley Events by Simply Elegant Catering.
Marine Mammal Rescue Team
September 21 update: We have not received reports of whale sightings since Tuesday, Sept. 19 and believe the whales have moved offshore due to the recent wave activity.
Yes! It’s true!
You may have heard from the news or other social media outlets that there have been whales feeding within 100′ from the
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 NewRead More