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#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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#OceanRunnerNH: What’s the clamor about that Clam?

Ocean Runner Nichole and her son Jack were out running on Old Orchard Beach in Maine when Jack came across a giant clam shell. Not sure what species the clam was, Nichole brings a photograph of it back to the Seacoast Science Center to learn more about it from Aquarist Rob Royer.
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#OceanRunnerNH: Bye Bye Balloons

Did you know that mylar balloons never biodegrade, and latex balloons take approximately five years to break down? Sea creatures often mistake balloons for a meal, and oftentimes, ingesting one is fatal. In the past ten years, the number of balloons in the marine environment has tripled. Ocean Runner Nichole encourages using alternatives to balloons,

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#OceanRunnerNH: Conserve Water, Yo!

With the current water ban in the Northeast, Ocean Runner Nichole thinks up few easy ways for you to join her in helping to conserve water.
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Estuary Ecosystem Spotlight: Great Bay

 
Guest post by Jeff Barnum | Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper for the Conservation Law Foundation
Great Bay, in coastal New Hampshire, is one of only 28 ecosystems in the U.S. to be designated as an ‘estuary of national significance,’ so we are spotlighting one of the challenges the bay is facing: loss of eelgrass. Jeff Barnum took SSC staff members out on

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Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team Participates in Full Scale Oil Spill Exercise

 
Heidi Duncanson | Development and Communications Coordinator
 
Earlier this month, four members of our staff participated in a major environmental drill involving two dozen federal, state and local agencies and industrial partners.* The Northern New England Oil Spill Full Scale Exercise was held by NH Department of Environmental Services (NH DES) to prepare

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#OceanRunnerNH: Hampton Beach Pick-up Patrol

SSC’s Ocean Runner Nichole chats with Marilyn MacIntosh of Hampton, NH, who walks the Hampton Beach every morning, picking up trash along the way. But Marilyn does more that remove debris; she recycles and repurposes as much of what she picks up as possible. Find out how her work is making a big difference

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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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#OceanRunnerNH: Saunders 10K Recap

Ocean Runner Nichole fills fans in on her experience running the Saunders 10K held in Rye, NH on August 18, 2016, and points out some of the breathtaking views along the route.
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