marine animals

Where are all the sea stars?

by Kate Leavitt | Director of Mission

We get this question a lot. Nearly every day, visitors ask our naturalists why they can’t find sea stars in our Tide Pool Touch Tank anymore. It’s not because these animals are really good at hiding, or that we’ve forgotten to put any in the tank. Unfortunately,

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Seahorse Courtship

Lined Seahorses (Hippocampus erectus) mate for life and are monogamous. The male typically courts the female for several days before mating. Females produce eggs and deposit them in the male’s pouch, where he incubates them for approximately 21 days. Uniquely, the male gives birth to the young and can have 100-1,000 babies at one time!
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Touch Tank Scientists: Diving Deeper with Inquiry

Kate Leavitt | Director of Mission
Kate earned a Master of Arts degree in Biology from Miami University through Project Dragonfly and its Global Field Program in December 2018. As part of her studies, she conducted research on inquiry-based learning based at the Seacoast Science Center. Kate’s research report, Touch Tank Scientists: Diving Deeper with

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Marine Mammal Rescue responds to rarely seen Hooded Seal

By Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
 
 
On Tuesday, January 8, we received a call on the SSC Marine Mammal Rescue hotline about a hooded seal, a species that migrates down from the Arctic during the winter. This is a species we rarely see; in fact, it’s only the second one since

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NH Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Partners with Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue

UNH to Help Diagnose Cause of Deaths of Marine Mammals
Lori Wright | NH Agricultural Experiment Station | UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
Originally published Monday, December 17, 2018
 
The New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at the University of New Hampshire has partnered with Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue to help diagnose the

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Findings show minke whale died of entanglement in fishing gear

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
October 18. 2018 11:11PM

A dead minke whale washed up on Jenness State Beach last month. Findings show died due to entanglement in legal fishing gear. (Jason Schreiber/Correspondent)
RYE — Preliminary results of a necropsy have found that a minke whale that washed up on Jenness State Beach last

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Scientists eye influenza, pollution in spike in seal deaths

By Amanda Getchell
newburyportnews.com
Aug 22, 2018

As the number of dead or stranded live seals washing up along the coast from northern Massachusetts to southern Maine continues to increase dramatically, marine mammal experts are considering influenza or environmental pollution as potential explanations.
Although there is no definitive cause for the uptick in seal deaths

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The Amazing Ocean Pout

Ocean Pout have an antifreeze protein that allows them to live in near freezing waters off the coast of New England and Canada. Scientists have succeeded in taking genes from ocean pout and implanting them into Atlantic Salmon. The promoter for the antifreeze protein gene is used in conjunction with a growth hormone gene

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Seacoast Science Center now responding to marine mammals in northern MA

Newburyport, MA — Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue (MMR) has officially expanded its territory beyond the New Hampshire coast and is now responsible for responding to all calls of marine mammals on the shore from Essex, MA, north to the New Hampshire/Maine border.
In 2014, NOAA Marine Fisheries granted a stranding agreement to the

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Spring Tide Pooling in Odiorne Point Sate Park, continued

SSC Aquarist Rob Royer continues exploring in the springtime tide pools of Odiorne Point State Park. This time he finds a rock crab, green crab, and rock gunnel.
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