Marine Mammal Rescue

Great Bay Strategy Oil Boom Deployment Exercise

Today three Marine Mammal Rescue Team staff members went out on the water with members of the NH Department of Environmental Services, Coast Guard, and a number of contractors, for the annual Great Bay Strategy Oil Boom Deployment Exercise. This exercise is run each fall, to practice the implementation of putting out booms in the event

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National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference

Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
On September 6-9, 2016, Marine Mammal Rescue Assistant Sarah Toupin and I attended the National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This conference, attended by organizations that do marine mammal rescue work throughout the United States, is only held about once every five years.
This was

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Swordfish Washes Up on Rye Beach

Karen Provazza | Director of Marketing
On Monday, September 12, 2016, our Marine Mammal Rescue Manager Ashley Stokes received an unusual report: a swordfish washed up on Cable Beach in Rye. While not a marine mammal, our Rescue Team was eager to assess the situation and equipped to remove the carcass from the beach.
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Salisbury Reservation Harbor Seal

Ashely Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager

Yesterday afternoon, we responded to this female weanling harbor seal at Salisbury Reservation. She had reportedly been there since late at night the previous day. She has many small wounds on her body, a couple of slightly larger wounds, and is in thin nutritional condition. We made the

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Weanling harbor seals showing signs of failure to thrive

A reporter from the Manchester Union Leader called to interview a Marine Mammal Rescue Team member after hearing word that several deceased harbor seals have been reported on New Hampshire beaches. In this article, MMRT Assistant Sarah Toupin explains that this is the time of year when weaker weanling harbor seals are challenged. The photo

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Manatee sightings on Cape Cod

Another amazing sighting, this time off of Cape Cod. Over the last few days, this 8 foot manatee has been spotted several times. Our colleagues at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are keeping a close eye the manatee, monitoring its whereabouts and health status. Because Manatees are warm water marine mammals, it will

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Two Blue Whales in GOM!

Not one, but TWO blue whales spotted in the Gulf of Maine off of the NH Coast… amazing!! We wish we were there to see that!
Did you know that Blue whales are the largest mammals on earth and can reach lengths over 100 feet long? Wow!
This from the Blue Ocean Society for Marine

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Propellor Strike Likely Injures Harbor Seal

This afternoon we rescued this weanling female harbor seal from Sandy Point at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. We first responded to her yesterday afternoon at Crane Beach and it appears she was likely struck by a boat propellor near her tail. She was extremely feisty and alert yesterday but it was too late

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Response to Weanlings on Shore Increase in July

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Our team continues to be busy with many reports of young seals on the beaches. This is the time of year when young of the year harbor seals have weaned from mom after only a 21-28 day nursing/bonding period. In July we start to get busy

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A Picture-Perfect Weanling

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Yesterday afternoon our team responded to this handsome male weanling harbor seal. Despite a couple small superficial wounds and being slightly thin, he is pretty close to a picture perfect weanling!!

This photo is a great example that shows the hydration rings that seals should

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