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Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Workshop

Marine Mammal Rescue staff Ashley Stokes and Sarah Toupin recently attended a two day workshop led by TriState Oiled Wildlife Response, NH Department of Environmental Services, and NH Fishand Game to learn tactics used for capture, washing, and rehabilitating oiled wildlife. In addition to learning how oil impacts animals, they also learned about the policies

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#OceanRunnerNH: Rescue Run Recap 2017

Seacoast Science Center’s Ocean Runner Nichole gives a quick recap of the Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals held Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Odiorne Point State Park. Seven hundred and thirty six runners and walkers hit the trails to help save the seals! 
The Center combined their Earth Day celebration with the event,

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SSC’s Rescue Manager joins NOAA’s peer grant review team

Karen Provazza | Director of Marketing
On January 10th, Rescue Manager Ashley Stokes traveled to Baltimore, MD to participate in NOAA’s application review process for the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Fund. This grant allows organizations in the marine mammal response field, in good standing, to apply for a pool of competitive federal

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National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference

Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
On September 6-9, 2016, Marine Mammal Rescue Assistant Sarah Toupin and I attended the National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network Conference in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. This conference, attended by organizations that do marine mammal rescue work throughout the United States, is only held about once every five years.
This was

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A Busy Week!

Ashely Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
Wow, what a crazy week it has been for the Marine Mammal Rescue Team! Between Labor Day and last night we responded to 23 harbor seal cases! Of those cases, 13 were deceased animals and 10 were live. This is the time of year that we see the

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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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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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Response to Weanlings on Shore Increase in July

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team Coordinator
Our team continues to be busy with many reports of young seals on the beaches. This is the time of year when young of the year harbor seals have weaned from mom after only a 21-28 day nursing/bonding period. In July we start to get busy

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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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