Look What the Storm Dragged in to Seabrook
SEABROOK — Last week's nor'easter brought more than flooding to a Seabrook restaurant, it also brought a baby seal.
On Monday, Seabrook Police found a small gray seal pup in the middle of the road on Route 286 by Brown's Lobster Pound, according to the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue's Facebook.
After the seal was led into the Brown's parking lot and out of danger from sitting in the road, the team said it was clear the seal needed care. He was thin, lethargic, coughing, sneezing and had blood in his stool.
The team transported the seal to be rehabilitated at the National Marine Life Center in Bourne, Massachusetts.
Wendy Wyman, an animal care assistant and life support technician at the National Marine Life Center, said that the seal about 3 months old and they are calling him Saco, after the river.
Wyman said Saco is healing well and he is already eating fish on his own. There is also no longer blood in his stool. It appears that the storm threw Saco around causing his injuries.
The center plans to release Saco back into the wild in about a month, as to where, they might release him at Scusset Beach or bring him back to New Hampshire.
Wyman said Saco is a quiet seal, but that may change. Gray seals are the "Rottys of the sea," Wyman said. "They are quiet one day and then rambunctious the next."
Saco has been on his own for a while now. Gray seals leave their mother to fend for themselves after 15-20 days, Wyman said.
Gray Seals can live to be 35-years-old, can grow to be 900 pounds and 8-feet long, and are born with a full set of teeth.
It is common for gray seals to wash ashore after severe storms, especially ones born within the past year as they are just figuring things out. Gray seals are known to relax on the beach at times though, so if you see one, keep at least 150 feet away.
If you find one like Saco, that is in distress, call your local marine mammal rescue organization, like the Seabrook police did.