#OceanRunner Nichole Rutherford is running along the rocky beach at Odiorne Point State Park and spots what she thinks is a fast moving periwinkle. When she stops to take a closer look she discovers it is actually a hermit crab. Ocean Runner heads to the Seacoast Science Center to learn more from Program NaturalistRead More
Watch this short video to see the sea star’s inverted stomach! The sea star has a feeding method unlike any other; it secures its prey with its tube feet and pries it open—like the shells of bivalve (clams and mussels are favorites!), and then ejects its stomach from its own body, placing it over the digestible parts ofRead More
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 throughoutRead More
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 herRead More
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
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
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
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 militaryRead More
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 theRead More
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.