On April 30th, a day-old baby harbor seal was discovered on the beach in Seabrook, Massachusetts. At first, it was thought that the mother had just left the pup there while she went to hunt. However, it was later determined that the mother had abandoned her pup because of the perceived danger from nearby humans and dogs.
When it was determined that the pup was abandoned and the mother was not going to return, Seacoast Science Center's Marine Mammal Rescue Team stepped in to care for the pup. The baby seal measured 72 centimeters in length and weighed only 8.2 kilograms. It flopped on the beach, crying for its mother. It was reported that there were dog tracks circling the baby seal which was likely why it was abandoned. The mother seal doesn't have the strong motherly instincts of other animals, but rather powerful self-preservation instincts instead. The mother seal will abandon her baby if she senses danger nearby such as humans or dogs.
When the pup was rescued, it was still healthy but very hungry as it was still nursing from its mother. If it had not been rescued, it never would have been able to survive on its own. Rescue team coordinator Ashley Stokes made a statement to local newspapers saying, "We monitored the pup before determining whether or not intervening was the best course of action. Our goal is always to give an animal the opportunity to return to its natural habitat, and in this case, to reunite with its mother during the early and critical bonding period.”
Now the baby seal is being fed and has been sent to Marine Mammal Rescue Team's rehabilitation center where it can grow and be trained to live on its own so that it may someday return to the sea. Seals often flop themselves up on the beach to rest and sunbathe, if you happen to see one, especially with a pup, you should never try to approach it. Their pup may end up much like this one or worse.