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Great Bay Strategy Oil Boom Deployment Exercise

Today three Marine Mammal Rescue Team staff members went out on the water with members of the NH Department of Environmental Services, Coast Guard, and a number of contractors, for the annual Great Bay Strategy Oil Boom Deployment Exercise. This exercise is run each fall, to practice the implementation of putting out booms in the event

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National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference

Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
On September 6-9, 2016, Marine Mammal Rescue Assistant Sarah Toupin and I attended the National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This conference, attended by organizations that do marine mammal rescue work throughout the United States, is only held about once every five years.
This was

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Ocean Acidification or Osteoporosis of the Sea?

Kate Leavitt  |  SSC Director of Mission Invitiatives
If you are unclear about what ocean acidification is and question if it’s occurring in the Gulf of Maine, you are not alone. I teach ocean acidification programs at the Seacoast Science Center and will walk you through the science, the implications for our ocean and for

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Swordfish Washes Up on Rye Beach

Karen Provazza | Director of Marketing
On Monday, September 12, 2016, our Marine Mammal Rescue Manager Ashley Stokes received an unusual report: a swordfish washed up on Cable Beach in Rye. While not a marine mammal, our Rescue Team was eager to assess the situation and equipped to remove the carcass from the beach.

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Why the Rocky Shore?!


Thom Smith’s Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical project is to create a free ecosystem curriculum on the rocky shore. The creation of this curriculum is a collaborative effort with the Seacoast Science Center and other partners. You can learn more about our partnership here.
Thom Smith | Third Grade Teacher, Kearsarge Regional Elementary School in Bradford, NH

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A Busy Week!

Ashely Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
Wow, what a crazy week it has been for the Marine Mammal Rescue Team! Between Labor Day and last night we responded to 23 harbor seal cases! Of those cases, 13 were deceased animals and 10 were live. This is the time of year that we see the

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#OceanRunnerNH: The American Lobster

Crusher claws, cutter claws, pincher legs, and long whipping antennae make these arthropods a frightful sight for some, but we love them here at the Seacoast Science Center!  Find out why the American Lobster, Homarus americanus, is such a fascinating creature as Ocean Runner Nichole learns more about them from Seacoast Science Center Naturalist

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Salisbury Reservation Harbor Seal

Ashely Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager

Yesterday afternoon, we responded to this female weanling harbor seal at Salisbury Reservation. She had reportedly been there since late at night the previous day. She has many small wounds on her body, a couple of slightly larger wounds, and is in thin nutritional condition. We made the

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#OceanRunnerNH: Horseshoe Crabs 101

Horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus, are often referred to as dinosaurs of the sea. Fossils show that the have lived on earth, unchanged, for about 480 million years! A horseshoe crab’s entire body is protected by a hard carapace, which molts when it grows. Ocean Runner Nichole is inspired to learn more about this ancient

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#OceanRunnerNH: Saunders 10K Recap

Ocean Runner Nichole fills fans in on her experience running the Saunders 10K held in Rye, NH on August 18, 2016, and points out some of the breathtaking views along the route.
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