Creature Features

BioBlitz: A dawn to dusk species hunt of OPSP

The Seacoast Science Center hosts its annual BioBlitz event in September. BioBlitz is a daylong species hunt in Odiorne Point State Park, where families explore alongside scientists and field experts to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day.
BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all

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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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#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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Dory, Nemo, and our Tropical Tank

 
SSC Marketing Intern Ashley Breault hosts a Q & A with Aquarist Rob Royer about the creatures in one of our most popular exhibits; the Topical Tank. The exhibit highlights the differences and similarities between warm water species, like the brightly colored fish of the tropics, and cold water species, like those in the

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#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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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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Chain Catshark Fluorescence Research

Charles Mazel, PhD | N I G H T S E A

Chain catsharks, Scyliorhinus rotifer, like the ones at the Seacoast Science Center, have a distinctive beige/brown color pattern. But they also have a secret property – when you shine a blue light on them they glow bright green! This is beautiful and

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Little Skates vs. Stingrays

Ashley Breault | Marketing Intern | Ocean Studies and Communications Student at University of New England
When looking into our Close Encounters tank you might see something that resembles a stingray. Flat body, wing-like fins, and a whip-like tail – sure sounds like a stingray to me! Well, these familiar looking fish are actually skates

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