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Fatal Maine shark attack spurs great white tracking efforts at these Seacoast beaches

Ian Lenahan | The Portsmouth Herald
Published August 25, 2022

RYE — Bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean off town beaches are four orange buoys, all designed to track the movements of tagged great white sharks swimming along the coastline.
The shark-tracing buoys placed this summer are located off Pirates Cove, Foss, Cable and Sawyers beaches

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Fall Bird Migration on the Seacoast

Stephen Mirick | Guest Contributor 

As the days grow shorter and the nights get cooler, many birds throughout eastern Canada and northeastern New England migrate south through New Hampshire heading for wintering areas that stretch from the southern United States down to Central and South America. While we often refer to this as migration, the migration

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Marine Fellows Program names Outstanding Achievement Award Winner

Adrianna George of Milford, NH was honored for her achievement in the Marine Science Fellowship Program at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH. The Outstanding Achievement Award is given annually to the high school student who has excelled in the program and shows great aptitude for the field of marine science. This

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SSC’s Seal of Approval promotes safe wildlife viewing for ocean recreators

Seacoast Science Center (SSC) has been advancing wildlife conservation through stranded marine mammal response, care, and community outreach in New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts since 2014. This summer, SSC Marine Mammal Rescue launched a new Seal of Approval eco-label for coastal kayaking and paddle board tour companies.
“We designed the Seal of Approval to

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Now open! Our Dynamic Gulf of Maine Exhibition


The Gulf of Maine is historically known for its cold waters, featuring high biodiversity and a rich history of productive fishing grounds. Climate change is having a particular impact on the Gulf as it is warming faster than most of the world’s oceans. As water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine warm, species

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A magical spot for tide pooling on the Seacoast

Heidi Duncanson | Communications Coordinator

Discovering a tiny sea star, slippery eel or prickly urchin at the coast has often been described as a magical experience and here at Seacoast Science Center, we get to help make those moments happen every day. In fact, we have a favorite spot for finding cool creatures that

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NH Center for NonProfits honors Seacoast Science Center’s Allan Waterfield

The NH Center for Nonprofits celebrated its 2022 Nonprofit Impact Award recipients at the Bank of NH Stage in Concord on April 20th. Allan Waterfield, past board chair at Seacoast Science Center in Rye, was presented with a Board Impact Award for his 9-year contribution to the Center.
Allan served on the Board of

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Harbor Seal Pupping Season Expected to Begin this Month

If you see a seal or other marine mammal on the beach, call the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue hotline at 603-997-9448
Harbor seals bear their young from late April through June. The majority of the pups in the region are born in Maine, however there is some pupping that occurs south

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Website Redesign Request for Proposals

Seacoast Science Center is seeking a website developer to design and implement an all-new website that elevates its brand and offers greater functionality. If your firm is interested in being considered for this project, please review our Request for Website Redesign Proposals document and submit your proposal to Karen Provazza at [email protected] by April 15,

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Moving Childhood Back Outdoors

Kate Leavitt | Chief Program Officer

One of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is right outside. We have long known that unstructured outdoor play time has positive effects on children’s happiness, and physical and mental health. A recent paper* looking at nearly 300 studies tightens up previous research gaps to incontrovertibly

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