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A Harbor Seal’s Journey: Rescue, Release, and Beyond!

 
Originally published February 12, 2021  |  Updated March 29, 2021
 

This video follows the rescue, rehab, release and tracking of Harbor Seal #087, who was rescued by Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue (MMR), went through rehab in Maine, and was outfitted with a satellite tag thanks to our colleagues from New

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Energy conservation efforts take a giant leap forward

 

If you have been by Seacoast Science Center in the past few weeks you’ve probably noticed our “new look.” What used to be a broad expanse of fiberglass roofing shingles has now been covered by an extensive array of photovoltaic panels! Thanks to an energy retrofit project funded and coordinated by the NH

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Microbes likely cause of Sea Star Wasting Disease

 
Sea star wasting disease gained notoriety in 2013, when sea stars began dying off in record high numbers all along the U.S. Pacific coastline. U.S. Atlantic coast populations were also affected by die-offs, although not with such prevalence and volume. The dramatic die-offs troubled and puzzled local community members as well as ecologists who

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SSC Vacation and Summer Environmental Camp Programs

 
Seacoast Science Center has a long track record of offering safe Environmental Day Camp programs that cultivate marine and environmental education through first-hand interactions, leveraging its beautiful location in Odiorne Point State Park. With 135 seaside acres as their outdoor classroom, and seven distinctly different habitats to explore, campers gain a deep understanding of

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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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