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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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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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Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals 2018

The Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals, held April 21, 2018 at the Seacoast Science Center, features a 5k chip-timed trail race and untimed walk to benefit Marine Mammal Rescue in New Hampshire and northern MA.
Now in its 10th year, the popular race follows a scenic route through the forest, by the rocky

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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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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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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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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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