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PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - The Seacoast Science Center in Portsmouth, N.H., is launching a Marine Mammal Rescue Team to help stranded, injured, or diseased seals, whales, porpoises and dolphins.

Gov. Maggie Hassan is announcing the start of the rescue effort in Portsmouth on Tuesday.

The science center was granted authorization by the National Marine Fisheries Service to lead New Hampshire's marine mammal rescue effort as of Jan. 1.

The center will collaborate with the New England Aquarium and the Marine Animal Rehabilitation and Conservation Center at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.