marine animals

SSC’s Seal of Approval promotes safe wildlife viewing for ocean recreators

Seacoast Science Center (SSC) has been advancing wildlife conservation through stranded marine mammal response, care, and community outreach in New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts since 2014. This summer, SSC Marine Mammal Rescue launched a new Seal of Approval eco-label for coastal kayaking and paddle board tour companies.
“We designed the Seal of Approval to

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Now open! Our Dynamic Gulf of Maine Exhibition

 

The Gulf of Maine is historically known for its cold waters, featuring high biodiversity and a rich history of productive fishing grounds. Climate change is having a particular impact on the Gulf as it is warming faster than most of the world’s oceans. As water temperatures in the Gulf of Maine warm, species

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Harbor Seal Pupping Season Expected to Begin this Month

 
If you see a seal or other marine mammal on the beach, call the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue hotline at 603-997-9448
 
Harbor seals bear their young from late April through June. The majority of the pups in the region are born in Maine, however there is some pupping that occurs south

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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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Seacoast Science Center Creates Map of Dog-friendly Beaches to Promote Wildlife Conservation

Karen Provazza | Chief Communications Officer

Seacoast Science Center (SSC) has announced the creation of a new digital resource for dog owners to help keep family pets as well as native wildlife species safe in the outdoor spaces they share. The new Dog-Friendly Beaches in New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts map is a free

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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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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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