'Seal'ing the Show: Adorable Seal Rescued From NH Beach
HAMPTON BEACH — An adorable seal spotted on a New Hampshire beach Friday prompted onlookers to call for help.
The Seacoast Science Center's Marine Mammal Rescue responded to multiple reports of a seal beached in front of the Ashworth Hotel in Hampton Beach on Friday morning. Employees at the hotel told rescue workers the seal had been there since at least 8 p.m. the night before.
The MMR arrived to assess whether the harbor seal would require relocation and/or rehabilitation.
After an assessment, rescue workers determined the seal was a female yearling, around 8-9 months old. The young seal was suffering from what appeared to be a respiratory infection as well as being slightly thin, but not emaciated, according to the MMR's post on Facebook.
However, despite feeling ill, rescue workers observed that she was still able to keep her head and hind flippers elevated, something they call the "banana" pose, which is a good sign as that is how seals regulate their body temperature.
The harbor seal was transported to the National Marine Life Center where she is getting the treatment and care she needs.
NH1 News reached out to the National Marine Life Center located in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, to get an update on the baby seal's condition and will update this story once more information is available.
If you see any marine mammal who seems to be in distress, please call the Seacoast Science Center's Marine Mammal Rescue at (603) 997-9448.