new hampshire seacoast

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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#OceanRunnerNH: Here’s the rap on that wayward lobster trap!

#OceanRunnerNH, Nichole Rutherford, enlists Jen Kennedy, Executive Director and co-founder of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, to inform us on what to do, and not do, if you see a lobster trap washed up on the shore.
Contacts:
Beach Cleanups:
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation
www.blueoceansociety.org
603-431-0260
To Report a Trap:
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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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Common Dolphin Strands

Ashley Stokes  |  NH Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
This morning we responded to our first dolphin of the year. This deceased adult male Common Dolphin was spotted by construction workers building a sea wall, at Plaice Cove in Hampton. It’s hard to say what led to his demise, because externally he looked good overall.

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Pumpkin the harbor seal released!

Ashley Stokes  |  NH Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
We have some great news to share with you today: our last remaining seal from the 2015 season that has been receiving care from our friends at Mystic Aquarium, is getting released today! Pumpkin, the juvenile harbor seal was rescued from Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA on September 15th,

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A Tough Winter for Ice Seals

BATH, Maine (WLBZ2 NEWS CENTER)Ice seals typically migrate south from Canada and spend winters in the icy waters off the coast of Maine.This winter, though, has been anything but typical and it’s affecting the animals’ health.The migratory seals eat snow and ice to stay hydrated, especially as they get ready to make the long trip

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A Happy Harp Seal

Ashley Stokes  |  NH Marine Mammal Rescue Coordinator
We are happy to share that the harp seal that we monitored all day yesterday behind a residence in Rye, that the homeowners had nicknamed “Harpo” returned to the water early this morning.
 
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