marine mammal rescue

Salisbury Reservation Harbor Seal

Ashely Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager

Yesterday afternoon, we responded to this female weanling harbor seal at Salisbury Reservation. She had reportedly been there since late at night the previous day. She has many small wounds on her body, a couple of slightly larger wounds, and is in thin nutritional condition. We made the

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Weanling harbor seals showing signs of failure to thrive

A reporter from the Manchester Union Leader called to interview a Marine Mammal Rescue Team member after hearing word that several deceased harbor seals have been reported on New Hampshire beaches. In this article, MMRT Assistant Sarah Toupin explains that this is the time of year when weaker weanling harbor seals are challenged. The photo

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Manatee sightings on Cape Cod

Another amazing sighting, this time off of Cape Cod. Over the last few days, this 8 foot manatee has been spotted several times. Our colleagues at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are keeping a close eye the manatee, monitoring its whereabouts and health status. Because Manatees are warm water marine mammals, it will

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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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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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Pup Transport Tag Team

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
On Wednesday afternoon, we helped our friends from College of the Atlantic/Allied Whale in northern Maine, with the transport of two harbor seal pups that had been found abandoned by their moms. COA transported them to us, and after administering some fluids and glucose, we hit the

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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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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.
Species breakdown

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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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