Seal Walks

Join the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue (MMR) team to observe local seal species at Salisbury Beach State Reservation! Seals Walks are sponsored by NextEra Energy Seabrook LLC.

After a brief introduction to local seal species and our Marine Mammal Rescue program, we will walk a half-mile down to the shoreline to view seals that typically haul out on the rocks near the mouth of the Merrimack River. Following federal guidelines for viewing protected marine mammals, we will maintain a safe distance of at least 150 feet away. We will have scopes and binoculars available to use; please feel free to bring your own. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the biology, ecology, and conservation of these iconic New England animals and ask our marine mammal experts questions. 

Seal walks are held entirely outdoors. Please be sure to dress for the weather and varied terrain, and wear warm clothing and sturdy shoes.

Registration is required to attend a Seal Walk!

Donations to support SSC Marine Mammal Rescue are greatly appreciated and can be made during the registration process.

Not a member? Join today and take advantage of the program discount and many other great benefits.

Please note: Photos and videos taken by Seacoast Science Center and SSC Marine Mammal Rescue staff and volunteers may be used for educational and promotional purposes. A media release is available in the program registration form. 

Schedule*

Sunday, November 5, 2023 10:00-11:00am
Sunday, November 5, 2023 11:00am-12:00pm
Sunday, December 3, 2023 9:00-10:00am
Sunday, January 7, 2024 1:00-2:00pm (CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER)
Sunday, January 21, 2024 1:00-2:00pm
Sunday, February 18, 2024 11:30am-12:30pm
Sunday, March 3, 2024 10:00-11:00am
Sunday, March 24, 2024 5:00-6:00pm (sunset)
Sunday, April 7, 2024 4:00-5:00pm
Sunday, April 7, 2024 5:00-6:00pm
Sunday, April 14, 2024 9:30-10:30am
*Additional dates and/or times may be added if Seal Walks sell out. Updates will be posted to website and social media.

NextEra Energy LogoSeals Walks are generously sponsored by NextEra Energy Seabrook LLC.

 

Parking

Parking is FREE at Salisbury Beach State Reservation during this time of year.

Enter Salisbury Beach State Reservation and continue south on State Reservation Road until you reach the southernmost parking lot, next to the jetty. Park in this lot, then meet our group at the entrance nearest to the jetty. Look for folks wearing Marine Mammal Rescue gear! There are restrooms available in this parking lot. 

Note: For those with mobility limitations, please join us at the initial meeting location. After introductions, you can drive to an accessible location in the Salisbury Beach Reservation campground. Follow staff members, who will drive down to the campground beach entry with you.

Conservation in Action

During MMR’s Seal Walks, team members take photos of all seals seen hauled out on the rocks. These photos are submitted to the Seal Codex, an effort by researchers to better document the health of individual seals using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The goal of Seal Codex is to gain a true understanding of the prevalence of serious injuries and mortality in both harbor and gray seal species in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean.

Learn more about our Marine Mammal Rescue program.

Seacoast Science Center will be CLOSED today: Friday, April 5, 2024. Our utilities are currently down and need to get repaired before we are able to open for visitors. Thank you for your understanding. 

CLOSED today.

Seacoast Science Center is closed today due to inclement weather.