Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Maine
Today, the need to understand how we connect with and impact the natural world—with the ocean—is more critical than ever.
In this exhibition, the story of Tofu the humpback whale provides a real-life example of how human activity can both negatively and positively impact marine life. Tofu, who was named by cetacean biologists for her almost all-white fluke (tail), met her demise when she was just two and half years old, likely from a ship strike. Her 32’ skeleton, articulated in a playful roll, demonstrates a typical humpback whale behavior and captivates visitors as they enter Seacoast Science Center.
Tofu the Humpback Whale
The skeleton of Tofu the humpback whale and her life story helps visitors understand the threats and conservation efforts to protect this remarkable species.
An interactive globe introduces the viewer to Tofu and tracks her migration from the Caribbean to the Gulf of Maine.
Flukes as Fingerprints
Learn how scientists use whale’s unique fluke patterns to track them. Try your skill at matching fluke images from Tofu’s family tree.
View short videos that teach about the ecology of humpback whales while sitting at a bench with a life-size replica of Tofu’s flipper as the backrest.
SSC Marine Mammal Rescue Program
Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue responds to all reports of live (healthy, injured, sick) and deceased seals, whales, porpoises, and dolphins in NH and northern MA (from Essex, MA, to the Maine border).
Marine Mammal Response Hotline: 603-997-9448