Yesterday afternoon, our friends at the College of the Atlantic/Allied Whale Stranding program called to see if we were able to provide housing for a grey seal pup that had been swimming off the coast of Vinalhaven Island. A well-intending fisherman found the animal in distress and needing care.
The young female grey seal arrived early this morning, covered in a full lanugo coat, with a fresh umbilicus, teeth starting to bud, and a very empty (hungry!) stomach. We estimate her to only be a few days old. She’s active, but hashad a busy 24-hours. Hopefully with some rest, nutrition, and TLC we can get her on the road to a life back in the ocean. This is the youngest grey seal we’ve treated at MARC.
Our new seal needs a name. If you haven’t had a chance to vote for the 2012 Name Theme, help us choose and we’ll reveal the name of our new pup on Friday!
And don’t forget, we still have a handful of harbor seals hanging out at MARC for treatments! You can view all current patients on the MARC website!