ocean education

Project Puffin: Protecting Seabird Islands in the Gulf of Maine

AubreyAlamshah | SSC Naturalist
In the summer of 2015 I started working at Project Puffin, a seabird restoration program run through the National Audubon Society. I’ve worked there in some capacity every summer since then and the things I learned there have helped me a great deal at my job at the Seacoast Science Center. Read More


Atlantic Purple Sea Urchin

The Atlantic Purple Sea Urchin (Arbacia punctulata) is native to the North Atlantic and found along the coasts of North America from Massachusetts, southward to the Yucatan Peninsula.
They can reach up to 8 cm in diameter. Its shell (test) is covered with tube feet used for mobility and camouflage. Five tooth-like plates on

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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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SSC Marine Mammal Rescue Team cohosts regional conference

The Seacoast Science Center partnered with the New England Aquarium to host the annual Greater Atlantic Regional Stranding Conference in Hull, MA. The conference was held at the Nantasket Beach Resort from October 10-13, 2017. A hundred and fifteen people attended the conference from Maine to Virginia to learn about the new techniques and

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SSC President Emerita Wendy Lull receives lifetime achievement award

The New England Museum Association recognized Seacoast Science Center President Emerita Wendy Lull with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award on October 27 during the 99th Annual NEMA Conference in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Lull was honored for her decades of service to the museum field, along with her leadership and mentorship work through NEMA and other

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The Common Spider Crab

The Common Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata), also known as the Decorator Crab, is round and spiny, with long legs that can reach around its body to attach bits of algae, shell, and seaweed to the many fine, sticky hairs on its carapace for camouflage. Found in the Atlantic Ocean, from Nova Scotia to the

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Little Fish make big discoveries

 
Emily Calhoun | Big Fish Little Fish Preschool Program Naturalist
 
“Can you make a boat out of rocks?”
This scientific inquiry, however bizarre it may sound, cleverly emerged from an experiment 3-5 year-olds were conducting during a recent Big Fish Little Fish program. Together, with their favorite adults, they were constructing aluminum foil

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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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Whales feeding in front of SSC!

It’s not everyday that you can whale and seal watch from your office! In fact, none of the staff here at the Seacoast Science Center can ever remember seeing a whale just outside our windows, let alone two whales!
This morning we were greeted by a humpback whale, a suspected minke whale, as well as

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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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