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#OceanRunnerNH: Little blobs on the beach (comb jellies)

Ocean Runner Nichole spots little gelatinous blobs when running on the beach. Suspecting that they are a type of jellyfish, she goes to Seacoast Science Center Naturalist Anna for answers. She learns that they are not jellyfish at all, but comb jellies, a species belonging to the Ctenophora phylum, that live in marine waters worldwide.

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Seahorses: The Super Dads of the Sea

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
Father’s Day is a great time to thank all the dads out there who step up their game for life’s most important job! Inarguably, the most notable dad in the animal kingdom, the seahorse, has some pretty unique traits that qualify them for the

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#OceanRunnerNH: World Ocean’s Day Run for the Ocean

Ocean Runner Nichole gives a quick recap of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation’s World Ocean’s Day Run for the Ocean 5K, held on June 4th, 2016.

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#OceanRunnerNH: Salt Marsh Ecology 101

What is that funky smell? Why is the salt marsh such an important habitat? SSC Naturalist Nikki fills Ocean Runner Nichole in on salt marsh basics.
 

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SSC to host Ocean Planning Film and Panel Discussion

A special film screening about managing ocean resources in the Great Bear Sea and panel discussion about how local, regional, and national planning efforts are combining to sustain our coastal communities.
Ocean enthusiasts and community members are invited to attend the screening of Green Fire Production’s film, The Great Bear Sea. The film will be followed by a

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#OceanRunnerNH: Green Boxes for Greenheads

What are those green boxes in the marsh for? SSC’s Ocean Runner Nichole gets the scoop from Nikki Annelli, a naturalist at the Center. Turns out they are traps for the pesky Greenhead Horsefly, Tabanus nigrovittatus, the species of biting horsefly which span the seaside, from Texas to Florida and all the way up

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Seal Armstrong’s Release

 
Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Yesterday afternoon while we were down in MA checking in on Amelia Sealheart (our harbor seal pup we posted the update on last night), we were also down there for another very special reason: Seal Armstrong, the grey seal pup that we rescued on February

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The Horseshoe Crab: A Living Dinosaur

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

Horseshoe crabs, Limulus polyphemus, are one of the many fascinating ocean animals you can find in the marsh of Odiorne Point State Park, right outside the doors of the Seacoast Science Center. Despite their name, horseshoe crabs are

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Update on Amelia Sealheart

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator

This afternoon we got to check-in on Amelia Sealheart, the premature harbor seal pup that we rescued on April 24th. Despite a still-uncertain future, as she has had some significant ear discharge, she hasn’t had ear discharge in over a week. She is getting

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North Beach Harbor Porpoise

Yesterday afternoon, our Marine Mammal Rescue Team responded to a recently deceased weanling harbor porpoise on North Beach. This calf was very small and emaciated, therefore it likely died as a result of failure to thrive after weaning from its mom.
Remember, if you spot any marine mammal on the beach, dead or alive, please call our

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