Creature Features

#OceanRunnerNH: Tide Pool Touch Tank

Ocean Runner Nichole learns about tide pool ecology from naturalist Kate Leavitt at the Seacoast Science Center, and gets hands-on with some of the cool critters that inhabit the tank, including sea stars, urchins, hermit crabs, periwinkles, and more.
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Octopus Challenge: Day 1

Octopus are among the most unique beings on Earth. They possess a complex genomic structure that rivals the most intelligent mammals. These invertebrate cephalopods are capable problem solvers and masters of illusion.
Currently, the Seacoast Science Center has two Pacific Red Octopus (Octopus rubenscens) on display. In this video series, you can observe

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What’s Creep, Crawly, and Bloo?

Or, Blue, rather! No costume necessary! This American Lobster (Homarus americanus) is one in a million! Typically a mottled brown tone, this rare guy is a brilliant blue because he is missing most of his yellow and red pigments.
Come learn about this magnificent blue lobster, and other rare colorations of these crustaceans, on display in the Seacoast

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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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