Young seal in critical condition found near Brown's Lobster Pound was likely caught up in stormBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
March 06. 2018 1:38PM
SEABROOK — A young gray seal is in critical condition after he was found Monday morning on Route 286 near Brown’s Lobster Pound.
The seal, which is believed to be about 2 months old, was reported to the Seacoast Science Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue by police in Amesbury, Mass., around 7 a.m., according to Ashley Stokes, marine mammal rescue manager.
The seal appeared to be thin and lethargic and was likely struggling to figure out life on his own when the nor’easter hit on Friday and likely battered him around, Stokes said.
Stokes said she believes the seal likely ended up on the road after the Monday high tide around 1:30 a.m.
The seal had blood in his stool, but Stokes said the cause wasn’t known Monday afternoon. The blood could have been caused by parasites, an internal infection or internal bleeding from trauma.
The seal was transported to the National Marine Life Center in Massachusetts for rehabilitation were he was in critical condition, Stokes said.
The goal, Stokes said, was to stabilize the seal.
“The next 48 hours are critical and we are not sure whether he will make it through that, but at least he is out of harm’s way from the Wednesday storm that is coming,” she said. “As the storm winds down, it is common to see live seals hauled out on shore to get rest, but sometimes they even pop up in uncommon spots, like this morning.”
Stokes said it’s important for the public to stay away from any live or dead marine mammals. She encouraged people to call the Marine Mammal Rescue’s 24-hour hotline to report animals that may need assistance at 997-9448.