marine animals

Findings show minke whale died of entanglement in fishing gear

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 18. 2018 11:11PM

A dead minke whale washed up on Jenness State Beach last month. Findings show died due to entanglement in legal fishing gear. (Jason Schreiber/Correspondent)
RYE — Preliminary results of a necropsy have found that a minke whale that washed up on Jenness State Beach last

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Scientists eye influenza, pollution in spike in seal deaths

By Amanda Getchell
newburyportnews.com
Aug 22, 2018

As the number of dead or stranded live seals washing up along the coast from northern Massachusetts to southern Maine continues to increase dramatically, marine mammal experts are considering influenza or environmental pollution as potential explanations.
Although there is no definitive cause for the uptick in seal deaths

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The Amazing Ocean Pout

Ocean Pout have an antifreeze protein that allows them to live in near freezing waters off the coast of New England and Canada. Scientists have succeeded in taking genes from ocean pout and implanting them into Atlantic Salmon. The promoter for the antifreeze protein gene is used in conjunction with a growth hormone gene

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Seacoast Science Center now responding to marine mammals in northern MA

Newburyport, MA — Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue (MMR) has officially expanded its territory beyond the New Hampshire coast and is now responsible for responding to all calls of marine mammals on the shore from Essex, MA, north to the New Hampshire/Maine border.
In 2014, NOAA Marine Fisheries granted a stranding agreement to the

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Spring Tide Pooling in Odiorne Point Sate Park, continued

SSC Aquarist Rob Royer continues exploring in the springtime tide pools of Odiorne Point State Park. This time he finds a rock crab, green crab, and rock gunnel.
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Mack the harp seal swims free!

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.

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Cuttlefish: Masters of Camouflage!

Although cuttlefish cannot see color, they have amazing color-changing abilities! Referred to as the “chameleons of the sea,” cuttlefish can instantly change their skin color to communicate to other cuttlefish and to camouflage. Common Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) are cephalopods (meaning head-footed), and are in a group of mollusks that also include octopus and squid,

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Marine Mammal Rescue goes on the road

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 and

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Gray Seal Pup Sampling on Monomoy Island

 
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

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Seahorse Dads Giving Birth

Our Lined Seahorses (Hippocampus erectus) recently gave birth! A female seahorse deposits hundreds of eggs into a male’s brood pouch, where they are fertilized. The male broods the eggs for about 20 days, providing nutrients for growth and development. The eggs hatch in the pouch and the male gives birth. After the young are

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