new hampshire seacoast

Weanling Season in Full Swing!

Weanling season is here! The last few days have kept our team very busy, with 4 live weanling harbor seals. These are seals that were just born a few weeks ago and are newly weaned from mom and trying to figure out life on their own. With both rehabilitation facilities at capacity at

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Weanlings Rest Stop

These two seals kept us busy today! Both of our rehabilitation facilities, National Marine Life Center and Mystic Aquarium, are full. So we monitor the animals and relocate them if necessary.
The first animal is a harbor seal pup, likely newly weaned from Mom. She is alert and responsive, but thin and dehydrated. She is

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#OceanRunnerNH: Seal on the Beach?

Ocean Runner Nichole finds SSC’s Marine Mammal Rescue volunteer Patty Adell monitoring a gray seal on a Hampton, NH beach during her afternoon run. Patty fills her in on what to do and not do if you encounter a seal on the beach (dead or alive): stay back and call the MMR hotline at

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Beach Clean-Up Yields Big Results

On Earth Day 2017, the Seacoast Science Center hosted its 9th annual Rescue Run for Marine Mammals, and also hosted its first beach clean-up of the season. Working in partnership with the Blue Ocean Society for Ocean Conservation, we invited Rescue Run participants to stay and help clean up the shoreline at Odiorne Point State

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On the Brink of Harbor Seal Pupping Season

 
Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
Harbor seals typically give birth during the months of May and June but occasionally pupping season begins early due to warmer water temperatures. Also, just like other mammals, some harbor seals will give birth to their pup prematurely. Last year we responded to our first premature pup on

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Seacoast Science Center celebrates 25 years of ocean education

The Seacoast Science Center has been a favorite destination for families since it opened its doors in 1992. Located in historic Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH, the Center provides exceptional marine and environmental education through programs, exhibits, marine mammal rescue, and interpretation of Odiorne Point State Park.
“Our mission is to inform people

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Sea Star Wasting Disease

 
Mike Doherty | Program Naturalist
If you visited the Center recently, you may have noticed an odd-looking sea star or two. That is because many of them had begun to autotomise their own arms, meaning purposefully disconnecting them from their bodies.
Sea stars are known drop limbs for a number of reasons; one being

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#OceanRunnerNH: Tide Pool Touch Tank

Ocean Runner Nichole learns about tide pool ecology from naturalist Kate Leavitt at the Seacoast Science Center, and gets hands-on with some of the cool critters that inhabit the tank, including sea stars, urchins, hermit crabs, periwinkles, and more.
Help Ocean Runner fund a new program, Healthy Ocean or Bust Bandits, a community action

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#OceanRunnerNH: What’s the clamor about that Clam?

Ocean Runner Nichole and her son Jack were out running on Old Orchard Beach in Maine when Jack came across a giant clam shell. Not sure what species the clam was, Nichole brings a photograph of it back to the Seacoast Science Center to learn more about it from Aquarist Rob Royer.
Help Ocean

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Marine Mammal Rescue Volunteer Training

Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
Our Marine Mammal Rescue Team held its annual field responder training workshop for all of our marine mammal rescue team volunteers on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. During this training, volunteers gain valuable knowledge about how to respond, the different species seen in the area, how to collect data and

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