new hampshire seacoast

Sustainable Fisheries

Mike Doherty | Program Naturalist
The ocean provides an incredible source of food. In fact, it is the primary source of protein for more than 3 billion people on Earth. As New Englanders, we are fortunate to have multiple options available to us when it comes to seafood. Lobster, fish and chips, and fried clams

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Harbor seal severe wound rescue

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 what

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Hampton Beach weanling harbor seal

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 friends

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Minke Whale lands in Great Bay

We responded to a deceased small Minke Whale in that washed ashore in Great Bay last week. It was first spotted at the mouth of the Piscataqua on Saturday, July 22nd, and landed on shore up in Great Bay on Tuesday, July 25th. It was decomposing, so a full necropsy was not feasible, but with

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Wallis Sand and Seabrook Seals

We continue to be busy, as weanling season is in full swing! Some of these weanlings are staying only a short time on the beach; others are coming back every morning and night but leaving through the busiest part of the day. With rehabilitation facilities still at capacity (they hope to open a few spots

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A Marathon Response Weekend

Wow, what a marathon weekend and start to the week we just had! With both rehab facilities still at capacity, we are being very diligent with monitoring animals to keep the public and the animal at a safe distance from one another. We are also relocating when necessary. In addition to staff time, our amazing

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One Photogenic Seal!

The female weanling harbor seal we were monitoring yesterday appears to have gone back out to the ocean! She blended in well at the rocky shore in Rye near the Crown Colony Cottages, but we scoured the area and she is no longer there. She was very photogenic, so we wanted to share some photos

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Weanling Harbor Seal in Haverhill, MA?

The team has been extremely busy over the last few days with many reports of live weanling harbor seals, some of them duplicate sightings. We are working hard to keep safe distances between the seals and the public, as well as answering questions about these young animals and educating the public. With both rehabs being

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Weanling Season in Full Swing!

Weanling season is here! The last few days have kept our team very busy, with 4 live weanling harbor seals. These are seals that were just born a few weeks ago and are newly weaned from mom and trying to figure out life on their own. With both rehabilitation facilities at capacity at

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Weanlings Rest Stop

These two seals kept us busy today! Both of our rehabilitation facilities, National Marine Life Center and Mystic Aquarium, are full. So we monitor the animals and relocate them if necessary.
The first animal is a harbor seal pup, likely newly weaned from Mom. She is alert and responsive, but thin and dehydrated. She is

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