marine animals

Two Blue Whales in GOM!

Not one, but TWO blue whales spotted in the Gulf of Maine off of the NH Coast… amazing!! We wish we were there to see that!
Did you know that Blue whales are the largest mammals on earth and can reach lengths over 100 feet long? Wow!
This from the Blue Ocean Society for Marine

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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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Baja and Belize Bound!

Sarah Toupin | School and Group Program Manager

I recently returned from an amazing trip to Baja, Mexico, which was part of my graduate program to receive my Masters in Biology from Miami University. In June, I spent ten days traveling the Baja peninsula with seventeen classmates, and now great friends, from the USA and Belize.

Our trip began with

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#OceanRunnerNH: Who’s drilling holes in the shells?

Ocean Runner Nichole is curious about the perfect little round holes she has seen on empty periwinkle, mussel and clam shells. Seacoast Science Center’s Ashley Stokes explains how some snails are herbivores (plant eaters) and some, omnivores (meat eaters). Omnivores, such as dog whelks and moon snails, use their radula to “drill” a hole in

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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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Inflatable Whale Visits SSC

Our summer campers got to learn about whales in a unique way: by climbing inside one! Staff members from the Blue Ocean Society recently brought their inflatable baleen whale named Ladder to the Seacoast Science Center. Our campers were able to go inside to see the whale’s skeleton and organs, and learn how whales

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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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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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