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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.

#OceanRunnerNH: Who’s drilling holes in the shells?

Ocean Runner Nichole is curious about the perfect little round holes she has seen on empty periwinkle, mussel and clam shells. Seacoast Science Center’s Ashley Stokes explains how some snails are herbivores (plant eaters) and some, omnivores (meat eaters). Omnivores, such as dog whelks and moon snails, use their radula to “drill” a hole in

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Green Crabs: Disaster or Delicacy?

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

Green crabs are one of the many species you can find along the shore throughout New England, including the tide pools and rocky coast of Odiorne State Park. But did you know that they haven’t always been here?

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Inflatable Whale Visits SSC

Our summer campers got to learn about whales in a unique way: by climbing inside one! Staff members from the Blue Ocean Society recently brought their inflatable baleen whale named Ladder to the Seacoast Science Center. Our campers were able to go inside to see the whale’s skeleton and organs, and learn how whales

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#OceanRunnerNH: Cross-Training with a Hike

Ocean Runner Nichole is training in earnest for a marathon but sometimes she switches up her running routine with a hike on the weekend. Check out her video from Beaver Mountain in Rangeley, Maine, with a reminder that polluting land or water far from the sea STILL affects ocean health. Keeping our inland areas

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#OceanRunnerNH: Seaweed on the Rocks

Our Ocean Runner does her training along Seacoast beaches as much as possible, and was recently wondering why she never sees seaweed growing ON the beaches. It’s a plant, right? Why is it just hanging onto rocks? Where are its roots?
She met up with Seacoast Science Center president Wendy Lull to learn how

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Microplastics: A Macro Concern

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
We recognize that marine debris has become an alarming problem in our ocean. We’ve seen plastic bags, bottles, cans, and straws along the shore and images of huge garbage patches in the ocean. What we don’t see is the tiny bits

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One Crafty Critter: the Common Octopus

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
Back by popular demand, we’ve introduced a new Common Octopus, Octopus vulgaris, into our Creature Feature tank. Some fans may recall how much attention the octopus we had on exhibit in 2012 received. And, there’s good reason for it!

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NH Delegates Unanimously Support the Northeast Ocean Plan

Wendy Lull  |  SSC President
On Thursday, July 14th, the entire New Hampshire Congressional delegation once again championed our state’s ocean, coasts, and maritime economy by universally signing onto a bipartisan letter of support, applauding the release of the draft Northeast Ocean Plan, and New England’s continued leadership in ocean planning.
The Ocean Conservancy spread-headed

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Response to Weanlings on Shore Increase in July

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Our team continues to be busy with many reports of young seals on the beaches. This is the time of year when young of the year harbor seals have weaned from mom after only a 21-28 day nursing/bonding period. In July we start to get busy

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#OceanRunnerNH: Color Run Fun

Ocean Runner Nichole and friends just completed The Color Run, held in South Portland, Maine on June 26, 2016, and she shares the answer to question she had: is the color in The Color Run safe for us and the environment? Watch this short video to find out.

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