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Propellor Strike Likely Injures Harbor Seal

This afternoon we rescued this weanling female harbor seal from Sandy Point at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. We first responded to her yesterday afternoon at Crane Beach and it appears she was likely struck by a boat propellor near her tail. She was extremely feisty and alert yesterday but it was too late

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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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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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Response to Weanlings on Shore Increase in July

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Our team continues to be busy with many reports of young seals on the beaches. This is the time of year when young of the year harbor seals have weaned from mom after only a 21-28 day nursing/bonding period. In July we start to get busy

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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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A Picture-Perfect Weanling

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Yesterday afternoon our team responded to this handsome male weanling harbor seal. Despite a couple small superficial wounds and being slightly thin, he is pretty close to a picture perfect weanling!!

This photo is a great example that shows the hydration rings that seals should

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Happy 4th, Pup!

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Happy 4th of July from this cute little harbor seal pup! He is just one of 3 harbor seal weanlings that the team has responded to this holiday weekend. As these pups, only about a month old, begin to figure out life on their own… we

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Snowplow the Humpback Whale

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Warning: These are graphic photos documenting the necropsy of Snowplow, a 45 foot, 18 year old humpback whale who died at sea and washed ashore in Rye.
Our New Hampshire Marine Mammal Rescue team worked tirelessly for 3 days to help coordinate this response with our

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Video Explaining Snowplow’s Necropsy

 
So many of you are asking for more information about Snowplow. Here is a link to new video shot at the scene and the latest statement from Ashley Stokes, Coordinator for New Hampshire Marine Mammal Rescue:
“Externally, there were no signs that showed what may have happened to this young whale, and Humpbacks are

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