Six Rehabilitated Seals Released at Scusset Beach

Scusset Seal Release

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SANDWICH – The National Marine Life Center in Bourne released six rehabilitated seals Thursday night at Scusset Beach, the largest release in the organization’s history.

The six young seals were brought to the Center after being separated from their mothers. They were all brought to there in late spring.

“Harbor seal moms leave their pups on the beach to rest while the mother goes off shore to feed. Sometimes, well-meaning interference by humans who think the pup has been abandoned can scare the mother away permanently and thus cause separation to occur,” said Kathy Zagzebski, NMLC’s President and Executive Director.

“It’s important that people stay at least 150 feet away from any beached seal and call their local stranding organization or police if the animal is sick or injured.”

While at the center the seals are also studied in order to get a better idea of wildlife diseases and their causes.

“They had the unfortunate experience of being separated from their moms. Often that can by due to human interaction,” Zagzebski said about the most recent release.

The seals released this week were located in Maine and brought to Cape Cod.

Zagzebski said their veterinarians treated the seals for some serious cases of influenza, malnourishment, dehydration and seal herpes virus.

Several others had eye infections.

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