There are a many different ways you can help our marine mammal rescue and education efforts.
Spread the Word
We want everyone to know what to do if he or she spots a seal or other marine mammal on a beach:
- Watch quietly from at least 150 feet away
- Keep dogs away from the animal
- Do not offer the animal food or water
- Do not pour water on the animal
- Do not cover the animal with a towel or blanket
- Do not try to move the animal
- Call 603-997-9448 and report the animal’s location, size, coloring, and behavior
Please spread the word about the Seacoast Science Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team and add the hotline number, 603-997-9448, to your cellphone. Also, “like” us on facebook and ask your friends to like us too! We’ll be posting rescue photos and updates on the animals we respond to on our MMRT facebook page so you can follow the latest news.
Marine mammal rescue organizations can apply for limited federal assistance through the John H. Prescott grant fund, however, the federal budget for that program has been reduced. That means the organizations must raise the funds to meet operating costs on their own. We are counting on our community help to make our rescue and education efforts possible. Any amount helps, so please consider giving what you can.
We also have many corporate sponsorship opportunities for our rescue and education efforts as well as sponsorship opportunities for events that support the program. Please contact Nichole at [email protected] or 603-436-8043, ext. 26 to learn more about corporate giving.
Donate Rescue Items from our Amazon Wish List
We established an Amazon Wish List of supplies needed for our rescue and response work. The list is updated as supply needs change.
When shopping Amazon, please use AmazonSmile and choose the Seacoast Science Center as your charity. Thank you.
The Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team volunteers are deployed to respond to reports of live and dead marine mammals that are hauled out or stranded on the coast of New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts (from Essex, MA north). At the scene, volunteers complete a checklist of observations, take photographs, and report their findings to the Center. MMRT volunteers do not touch, pick up, feed or rehabilitate live animals. MMRT staff are responsible for the final decision of the disposition of the animal. Field volunteers monitor animals and make sure the animal is not being approached by people or pets.
Requirements for MMRT Volunteers:
- Submit a MMRT Volunteer application
- Complete an interview process
- Complete a criminal background check
- Attend mandatory training once every two years
- Attend mandatory meetings 1-2 times per year
- Make a two-year commitment to the Team
- Must feel comfortable dealing with the public and police
- Must have the ability to follow protocols in stressful situations
- Must be willing to work in all weather conditions
- Must have a valid driver’s license, ready access to a reliable vehicle and proof of car insurance.
- Must have a cell phone and a camera capable of sending photographs to the MMRT staff from the scene
- Must be at least 18 years of age. Must have proof of an up-to-date tetanus vaccination.
At this time, the Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team is fully staffed.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our MMR volunteer application; we will keep it on file and contact you when we have openings.