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Learn about our latest efforts to promote ocean health, enjoy amazing creature features, and discover what happens behind the SSC scenes. Follow #OceanRunnerNH to join the Healthy Ocean or Bust movement.

Where have all the Ice Seals gone?

 
Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
New Englanders are accustomed to seeing harbor seals and their larger gray seal cousins on our coast’s sandy beaches and rocky shores. But did you know that during the winter season, two very unique visitors venture down from the Arctic (and we’re not talking about Santa Claus and his

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Shark and Seal Safety in New England Waters

Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue was featured on WMUR TV9’s NH Chronicle on October 8, 2020. MMR Manager Ashley Stokes, along with partner Marianne Long from Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, shared insight on shark and seal populations in the Gulf of Maine, and guidelines for seal viewing and recreating safely in ocean waters.

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New Virtual Field Trips and Online Learning Resources

(Rye, NH) Seacoast Science Center (SSC) is offering new virtual field trip programs and online resources designed to excite and engage students in learning about marine science and the natural world around them.
While SSC is not hosting group field trips on-site at this time due to safety concerns of the pandemic, the new resources are

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Seacoast Science Center Camp Care offers help for local students

(Rye, NH) The Seacoast Science Center (SSC) is offering a new program designed to help families meet the challenges of returning to school in hybrid or remote learning models. Camp Care, for children in grades K-5, will explore topics in natural sciences while integrating math, engineering, reading, writing, art and music, to add richness and

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New shark safety resource for New Hampshire beachgoers

Brian Yurasits | SSC Marine Mammal Rescue Community Outreach Manager
Seacoast Science Center has teamed up with New Hampshire Sea Grant, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, and Shoals Marine Laboratory to create a comprehensive guide about sharks in New Hampshire.
Following the state of Maine’s first-ever fatal great white

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Sharks, Seals, and a Healthy Ocean Ecosystem

 
Brian Yurasits | Marine Mammal Rescue Community Outreach Manager
This week Maine experienced its first-ever fatal great white shark attack, leaving many New England residents shocked and in search of answers. While we aren’t shark experts here at Seacoast Science Center, our Marine Mammal Rescue Team offers unique insight into the complicated dance between

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That’s A-Moray!

 
Lauren Bucciero | Marketing Intern
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Center to explore the new living coral tanks in the Restoring Reefs exhibit in the Eversource Gallery. I was immediately captivated by the spotted creature I saw emerging from its hiding spot. It quickly slid out of its network of PVC

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The Conservation Benefits of Outdoor Play for Kids

 
by Lauren Bucciero | Marketing Intern
Teaching children about the importance of nature can have lasting impacts on the world around us. By getting kids excited about the natural world, we are inspiring future leaders to make conservation of our environment a priority. Encouraging kids to get outside and explore their own backyards has

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SSC Reopens for Weekend Visits this Summer!

(Rye, NH) Seacoast Science Center (SSC) will reopen for public visits on weekends only this summer, starting July 4th, after nearly four months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Open Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4pm, visits will occur within 2-hour time sessions of 10am-noon, noon to 2pm, and 2-4pm. Advance reservations are highly recommended for SSC visitors;

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Two-Spot Octopus: Babies!

Video by Daryn Clevesy | Visitor Program Coordinator
Story by Lauren Bucciero | Marketing Intern
This March, Seacoast Science Center welcomed some new baby critters! We were fortunate to receive a female two-spot octopus with eggs from our colleagues at Dartmouth College. Octopuses lay their eggs over the course of a few months, therefore,

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