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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.

Northern Rock Barnacles Feeding

Northern Rock Barnacles (Balanus balanoides) are crustaceans that attach themselves permanently to a hard substrate. They begin life as free swimming larvae and when it comes to settle, they “glue” their heads to hard surfaces, such as rocks, ships, pilings, and other hard-surfaced animals. Shell plates form to enclose the shrimp-like larvae that grow throughout

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#OceanRunnerNH Introduces the Seacoast Science Center’s new Video Blog

Seacoast Science Center’s Nichole Rutherford introduces the new #OceanRunnerNH Video Blog. Follow the Ocean Runner as she runs along the coast of New Hampshire and Southern Maine to raise awareness of our ocean environment and promote ocean health. Filled with questions about what she sees along the way, the Ocean Runner looks to her

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Rare Orange Lobster Molting

Watch an American Lobster’s (Homarus americanus) molting is this sped-up video, narrated by Seacoast Science Center Aquarist Rob Royer.
This rare orange lobster was in one of our tanks when we spotted it beginning to molt. Because it is more vulnerable to predation when it sheds its hard exoskeleton, we moved it to safety during

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What about the ocean keeps me up at night?

Wendy Lull  |  SSC President  |   originally posted September 28, 2015
For those of us who live in coastal communities, sometimes it’s hard to find good news about the state of the ocean. Sea level rise, storm surge, ocean acidification, degraded fisheries, entangled whales, seals and sea birds starving to death with bellies full of

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6 simple things you can do to help save the ocean.

Karen Provazza | Director of Marketing

Our trash does not belong in the ocean.
Why is that a big deal? 
More than all of the world’s rain forests, the ocean supplies up to 70% of our oxygen. The ocean regulates our climate, holds 97% of the Earth’s water, and provides the primary source of

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#OceanRunnerNH: Rescue Run to help Save the Seals

Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals to be held April 23, 2016

#OceanRunnerNH, Nichole Rutherford, fills you in on the Seacoast Science Center’s Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals, to be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 9am sharp. Race, run or walk—the 5k trail brings you along the shore, over a historic military

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A Day in the Life of an SSC Intern

Sammie Powers | Marketing Intern

My day at the Seacoast Science Center (SSC) began by holding a salty wet rock with an anemone on it. You might not think that is surprising for an intern at SSC, but it was for me. I’m a Marketing Intern, and I spend most of my time working in the

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Common Dolphin Strands

Ashley Stokes  |  NH Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
This morning we responded to our first dolphin of the year. This deceased adult male Common Dolphin was spotted by construction workers building a sea wall, at Plaice Cove in Hampton. It’s hard to say what led to his demise, because externally he looked good overall.

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Seal Armstrong, back at ya!

Seal Armstrong, looks much healthier after being cared for at the National Marine Life Center, but he still needs to learn how to eat fish and put on the pounds! Remember, we can only save the seals with your help! Please make your tax-deductible donation to help save the seals today.

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Pumpkin the harbor seal released!

Ashley Stokes  |  NH Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
We have some great news to share with you today: our last remaining seal from the 2015 season that has been receiving care from our friends at Mystic Aquarium, is getting released today! Pumpkin, the juvenile harbor seal was rescued from Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA on September 15th,

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