SeaLife Center takes in first seal of 2018
The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has taken in its first stranded seal of 2018.
Bystanders first saw the male ringed seal lying on a rusty pipe on the Dutch Harbor shore.
Alaska Sea Grant Agent and Unalaska resident, Melissa Good, was called to the scene and said, "When I approach an animal and it does not respond, that is the first indication something is very wrong."
The seal had a balding coat and was underweight and lethargic when he was rescued and transported to the ASLC on March 11.
After a thorough exam, veterinarians found he had lung worm, parasites, liver issues, a high white cell count, and an irregular molt.
Despite the seal's poor condition, ASLC staff are optimistic about his recovery.
ASLC veterinarian, Dr. Kathy Woodie said, “Although this seal has a laundry list of health issues, his feisty demeanor shows promise.”
The animal is non-releasable because of a National Marine Fisheries Service policy.
Ribbon, bearded, spotted, and ringed seals are considered non-releasable in Alaska due to consideration of subsistence hunters.
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