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A View from Here: Lighthouses of the Seacoast

Heidi Duncanson | Communications Assistant
New England’s rocky coastline is treacherous to navigate by boat, so for centuries, mariners have relied on lighthouses to keep them safe from shoals and other hazards as they approach land or harbors. Here at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, we are fortunate to be able to see four

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MMR Responds to Stranded Pygmy Sperm Whale on Salisbury Beach

Karen Provazza | Chief Communications Officer
 
On Monday, January 10th,  Seacoast Science Center (SSC) Marine Mammal Rescue responded to reports of a small whale stranded on the beach at Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury, MA. Once on location, responders determined the animal to be an adult male pygmy sperm whale, measuring 9.5 feet

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SSC Celebrates 30 Years!

Wendy Lull | Seacoast Science Center President Emerita
 
On a bright, sunny day in June of 1992, Rye Elementary School students, then-Governor Judd Gregg, Executive Councilor Ruth Griffin and I cut a ribbon of kelp to open the Seacoast Science Center. There was so much excitement for what lay ahead: our new facility would enable

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Journey to the Edge of the Sea with Seacoast Science Center

 
Kate Leavitt | Chief Program Officer

Seacoast Science Center is thrilled to announce its new intertidal-themed exhibit, The Edge of the Sea. The interactive experience is anchored by three thoroughly unique touch tanks totaling over 500 gallons of cold saltwater and teeming with intertidal animals and seaweeds. Visitors can get their hands wet

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Wildlife Kayaking

 
Karen Provazza | Director of Marketing
 
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
—Loren Eiseley
 
I was born an ocean lover. I have always loved being in and on the water. My fondest childhood memories are of our family’s daylong adventures exploring the coast. Over 25

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One Ocean

The idea of One World Ocean is a relatively new way of thinking about the saltwater basins we all learned about in elementary school: the Atlantic, Arctic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern oceans. So why the emphasis on changing the way we think about our salty seas? Over 70% of Earth’s surface is ocean, and understanding

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A Harbor Seal’s Journey: Rescue, Release, and Beyond!

 
Originally published February 12, 2021
 
 JUNE 7, 2021 UPDATE
 

Held on June 7th, this webinar provides an update on Harbor Seal #087 from Robert A. DiGiovanni, Jr., Founder and Chief Scientist at
Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, who tagged the seal, as well as insight on his 30+ years of research. SSC’s Marine Mammal

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Microbes likely cause of Sea Star Wasting Disease

 
Sea star wasting disease gained notoriety in 2013, when sea stars began dying off in record high numbers all along the U.S. Pacific coastline. U.S. Atlantic coast populations were also affected by die-offs, although not with such prevalence and volume. The dramatic die-offs troubled and puzzled local community members as well as ecologists who

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Where have all the Ice Seals gone?

 
Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
New Englanders are accustomed to seeing harbor seals and their larger gray seal cousins on our coast’s sandy beaches and rocky shores. But did you know that during the winter season, two very unique visitors venture down from the Arctic (and we’re not talking about Santa Claus and his

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Shark and Seal Safety in New England Waters

Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue was featured on WMUR TV9’s NH Chronicle on October 8, 2020. MMR Manager Ashley Stokes, along with partner Marianne Long from Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, shared insight on shark and seal populations in the Gulf of Maine, and guidelines for seal viewing and recreating safely in ocean waters.

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