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Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation

Our mission is to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine through research, education and inspiring action.
We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


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As an organization that works on the water daily studying whales during the summer, we were greatly saddened to learn of the death of Snowplow, an 18-year old female humpback who washed ashore in Rye on June 27.

Our staff, interns and volunteers worked tirelessly alongside many other organizations and agencies this week in response to Snowplow’s stranding. Hundreds of “man” hours have been spent educating curious visitors who came to get a very rare look at a fully grown whale on a NH beach. On June 29, we also assisted in her necropsy (animal autopsy) by photo-documenting the entire process, hauling equipment, educating even more people and providing whatever other support the necropsy team needed. Coordinating our personnel also took a fair amount of time. As wonderful as an opportunity is to see a whale up close, it is also very sad for us as we knew Snowplow- she visited us in 2009 and 2014. Any loss of “one of our own” is taken personally, as our mission is to protect marine life in the Gulf of Maine. We failed with Snowplow, but hopefully the things we learn from her body will help us to protect other whales in the future. If you would like to help, please consider donating to support our hard work. Thank you, and rest in peace, Snowplow.

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