ocean education

Moon Jellies

Moon jellies, like the ones on exhibit at the Seacoast Science Center, are found off the New England shore and in the ocean world-wide. Naturalist Nikki presents an overview of how they move, eat, and more.
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Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the Global Water Story on exhibit at the Seacoast Science Center

H2O Today, an exhibit organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, is on display at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye now through November 11, 2019. Here, SSC Exhibit Director Jeremy LeClair explains the interactive component Your Weight In Water to young visitors. The exhibition helps guests gain a better understanding of the

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Harbor Seal Pupping Season is Underway

If you see a seal on the beach, call the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue hotline at 603-997-9448
Rye, NH — Harbor seals bear their young during the months of May and June. As a result, the chance of seeing seals on our beaches, more specifically seal pups, increases. If you see a seal

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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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See Mack the harp seal swim free in drone video

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue Team (MMRT) released Mack the harp seal back into the wild. After four weeks of care at the National Marine Life Center Mack was ready for his swim back to the Arctic. Nearly 1,000 people witnessed the event, held on the same

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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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Discovery Dock Preview

There will soon be an exciting new destination to spark the imaginations of Seacoast Science Center’s youngest visitors.
In March 2018, the Center will unveil the Discovery Dock Early Learning Activity Center, a working waterfront themed exhibit designed to be a safe and engaging place for curious children. Here, they will enjoy age-appropriate activities designed

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