Ashley Stokes | Marine Mammal Rescue Manager
Yesterday afternoon we responded to our first case of 2017! We have been waiting for our first call to report a winter seal visitor, such as a harp seal or hooded seal, but unfortunately this report was for a deceased harbor porpoise. The call initially was reported by law enforcement officials as a dead whale that washed ashore, which quickly got our team anxious and nervous at the thought of that in 15 degree weather! But it turned out to be a small harbor porpoise. This animal was severely emaciated, which likely led to its demise. It sounds like this animal had already been there for a couple of days when it was reported.
Please remember to report all live and dead marine mammals to our 24-hour hotline at 603-997-9448.