Harbor Seal Triage

We continue to be busy with harbor seal weanling reports; both new and resightings of previous animals. Yesterday morning we responded to a report of an injured harbor seal weanling in Seabrook Harbor. With rehabilitation facilities still at capacity, our options were limited.

This female seal, newly weaned from mom, seems to have come in contact with a boat propellor. She had wounds to her back, right flipper, and underneath her neck. With the exception of her flipper wound, the remainder of the wounds were not infected and most did not penetrate through the muscle layer. She was still bright and alert, very feisty, and had great hydration rings (a sign that she has been eating). We collected her from the site, cleaned her wounds thoroughly, gave her some fluids, flipper tagged her, and relocated her to a quiet location so she could rest.

We are happy to report that she was resighted last night, just out front of the Seacoast Science Center, while we were holding our Atlantic Grill Music by the Sea fundraising concert. She was still bright and alert, and resting in the typical “banana pose” that we like to see when we respond to seals!

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