marine animals

Update on Amelia Sealheart

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator

This afternoon we got to check-in on Amelia Sealheart, the premature harbor seal pup that we rescued on April 24th. Despite a still-uncertain future, as she has had some significant ear discharge, she hasn’t had ear discharge in over a week. She is getting

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North Beach Harbor Porpoise

Yesterday afternoon, our Marine Mammal Rescue Team responded to a recently deceased weanling harbor porpoise on North Beach. This calf was very small and emaciated, therefore it likely died as a result of failure to thrive after weaning from its mom.
Remember, if you spot any marine mammal on the beach, dead or alive, please call our

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#OceanRunnerNH: Skip the Plastic

Ocean Runner Nichole is always finding discarded plastic bags as she runs along the beach. These types of bags can be deadly when ingested by marine animals. A great way to keep these bags off the beach and out of the water is to always take reusable tote bags with you for shopping, beach

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Harp Seal makes Springtime Stop

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
Yesterday, we responded to reports of a live seal on the beach in front of Seaside Village in North Hampton. We assumed it would be a harbor seal pup, but were surprised to find a male juvenile harp seal! Harp seals are a winter visitor of ours,

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Harbor Seal Pupping Season is Underway!

Harbor seals bear their young during the months of May and June. As a result, the chance of seeing seals on our beaches, and more specifically seal pups, increases. If you see a seal on the beach, it is important to keep back and call the Seacoast Science Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue (MMR) hotline

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Chain Catsharks

SSC Naturalist Ben Flynn presents a creature feature on the chain catsharks (Scyliorhinus retifer) that reside in the Seacoast Science Center’s Close Encounters Tank. Visitors can pet sharks, too, during a Close Encounters program. Check our daily schedule and plan to pet the sharks during your visit!
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Harbor Porpoise and Year-to-Date Update

On Sunday, May 1st, we responded to a call about a deceased harbor porpoise on a Salisbury, MA beach. The emaciated male weanling was picked up and transported him to the New England Aquarium’s Quincy facility for necropsy (autopsy for animals). It is likely that the young porpoise passed from failure to thrive.
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First Harbor Pup of the Season

Ashley Stokes  |  Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
We responded to, and later rescued, our first harbor seal pup of the season on April 23rd. After a quite month for the hotline, this seal was reported during the peak check-in chaos, just before the start of our Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals 5k. Luckily, Rye police officers were

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#OceanRunnerNH: Periwinkles Don’t Run!

#OceanRunner Nichole Rutherford is running along the rocky beach at Odiorne Point State Park and spots what she thinks is a fast moving periwinkle. When she stops to take a closer look she discovers it is actually a hermit crab. Ocean Runner heads to the Seacoast Science Center to learn more from Program Naturalist

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Northern Sea Star Feeding

Watch this short video to see the sea star’s inverted stomach! The sea star has a feeding method unlike any other; it secures its prey with its tube feet and pries it open—like the shells of bivalve (clams and mussels are favorites!), and then ejects its stomach from its own body, placing it over the digestible parts of

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