marine biology

Seahorse Dads Giving Birth

Our Lined Seahorses (Hippocampus erectus) recently gave birth! A female seahorse deposits hundreds of eggs into a male’s brood pouch, where they are fertilized. The male broods the eggs for about 20 days, providing nutrients for growth and development. The eggs hatch in the pouch and the male gives birth. After the young are

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Seacoast Science Center renovates iconic Tide Pool Touch Tank exhibit

To kick off a year of major exhibit upgrades, the Seacoast Science Center has completed renovation of its iconic Tide Pool Touch Tank. This popular hands-on exhibit has been fully refurbished and now includes observation tools, interpretive signage with learning prompts, and naturalist-guided programs to help visitors “dive deeper” into learning about the animals

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Feeding time for Cuttlefish

Our new cuttlefish are growing quickly! Common Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) are cephalopods (meaning head-footed), and are in a group of mollusks that also include octopus and squid, the most intelligent of all invertebrates. Cuttlefish are active predators that quickly snatch their prey with a sucker-pad at the end of a long tentacle, bringing it

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Atlantic Purple Sea Urchin

The Atlantic Purple Sea Urchin (Arbacia punctulata) is native to the North Atlantic and found along the coasts of North America from Massachusetts, southward to the Yucatan Peninsula.
They can reach up to 8 cm in diameter. Its shell (test) is covered with tube feet used for mobility and camouflage. Five tooth-like plates on

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The Common Spider Crab

The Common Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata), also known as the Decorator Crab, is round and spiny, with long legs that can reach around its body to attach bits of algae, shell, and seaweed to the many fine, sticky hairs on its carapace for camouflage. Found in the Atlantic Ocean, from Nova Scotia to the

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The Flounder: Master of Camouflage

SSC Aquarist Rob Royer showcases the flounder that are on exhibit at the Seacoast Science Center and explains their fascinating color-changing ability and the unique development of different species.
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Whales feeding in front of SSC!

It’s not everyday that you can whale and seal watch from your office! In fact, none of the staff here at the Seacoast Science Center can ever remember seeing a whale just outside our windows, let alone two whales!
This morning we were greeted by a humpback whale, a suspected minke whale, as well as

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Save the Seals River Cruise 2017

We had a great crew of 60 people aboard Newburyport Whale Watch’s Captain’s Lady III for our 3rd annual Save the Seals River Cruise on Saturday October 7th. Many thanks to our sponsors for the event: Newburyport Whale Watch, Blue Ocean Event Center and Merrimack Valley Events by Simply Elegant Catering.
Marine Mammal Rescue Team

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Humpbacks off the beach in Salisbury?

September 21 update: We have not received reports of whale sightings since Tuesday, Sept. 19 and believe the whales have moved offshore due to the recent wave activity. 

Yes! It’s true! 
You may have heard from the news or other social media outlets that there have been whales feeding within 100′ from the

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Master’s degree conservation study in Belize

by Emma Carey | SSC staff naturalist

I recently enrolleded as a graduate student in Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program through Miami University in Ohio. I am pursuing my Master of Arts in Teaching in Biological Sciences, and focusing on conservation education. The two-and-a-half year program is conducted online and includes three trips to

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