May 2016

The Horseshoe Crab: A Living Dinosaur

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England

Horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus, are one of the many fascinating ocean animals you can find in the marsh of Odiorne Point State Park, right outside the doors of the Seacoast Science Center. Despite their name, horseshoe crabs are

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Update on Amelia Sealheart

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator

This afternoon we got to check-in on Amelia Sealheart, the premature harbor seal pup that we rescued on April 24th. Despite a still-uncertain future, as she has had some significant ear discharge, she hasn’t had ear discharge in over a week. She is getting

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North Beach Harbor Porpoise

Yesterday afternoon, our Marine Mammal Rescue Team responded to a recently deceased weanling harbor porpoise on North Beach. This calf was very small and emaciated, therefore it likely died as a result of failure to thrive after weaning from its mom.
Remember, if you spot any marine mammal on the beach, dead or alive, please call our

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#OceanRunnerNH: A Plan for the Ocean?

SSC’s President Wendy Lull fills Ocean Runner, Nichole, in on the nation’s first regional ocean plan, a plan for the northeast, which was recently released and how managing ocean resources on the local, regional, and national levels are combining to sustain our coastal communities.
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Nation’s First Regional Ocean Plan

Wendy Lull  |  SSC President
Three and a half years in the making, the nation’s first regional ocean plan, a plan for the northeast, has been released. The Seacoast Science Center has been tracking the process as the first NH member of the New England Ocean Action Network from the start. I am looking forward

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Pup Transport Tag Team

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
On Wednesday afternoon, we helped our friends from College of the Atlantic/Allied Whale in northern Maine, with the transport of two harbor seal pups that had been found abandoned by their moms. COA transported them to us, and after administering some fluids and glucose, we hit the

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#OceanRunnerNH: Skip the Plastic

Ocean Runner Nichole is always finding discarded plastic bags as she runs along the beach. These types of bags can be deadly when ingested by marine animals. A great way to keep these bags off the beach and out of the water is to always take reusable tote bags with you for shopping, beach

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Harp Seal makes Springtime Stop

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
Yesterday, we responded to reports of a live seal on the beach in front of Seaside Village in North Hampton. We assumed it would be a harbor seal pup, but were surprised to find a male juvenile harp seal! Harp seals are a winter visitor of ours,

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#OceanRunnerNH: Sea Scallops Gallop?

SSC’s Ocean Runner Nichole Rutherford is running along the rocky shore at Odiorne Point State Park and spots a scallop shell. Not knowing much about sea scallops, other than how great they are for dinner, Ocean Runner heads to the Seacoast Science Center to learn more from Program Naturalist Ben Flynn.
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#OceanRunnerNH: Reuseabled Bags = $ for Ocean Education

SSC’s Ocean Runner Nichole Rutherford announces the Hannaford Helps initiative to raise money for the Seacoast Science Center. Every time you buy a Blue and Gold Karma reusable tote bag at the Portsmouth, NH location (800 Islington St.) during the month of May 2016, Hannaford will donate $1 to support our ocean education mission.
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