NOAA Says To Leave Beached Baby Seals Alone
Mama ain't far away!
We've been seeing a lot of Facebook photos and videos lately of young seal pups laying on the beach, and folks wondering if they should do anything about it. The short answer is, no.
It's "pupping season" along the coast of Maine, mostly in Penobscot and Frenchman Bays, and baby seals are just learning the gig of being a seal, and tire quickly. Some will take a break by laying on the rocks or sand of a local beach while their mother is out foraging for food. This is a very normal occurrence.
As a matter of fact, it's not abnormal to see even full-grown seals on land as well. Seals are semi-aquatic animals, which means they spend quite a bit of time on land.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reminds us that getting too close to seals will stress them out and may cause injury to both you and the seal. By the way, seals bite, and a seal bite could cause a serious infection.
NOAA has a complete and very interesting PDF on seal watching, and you may want to check it out.
Now if you truly believe that you've discovered an injured seal, then you can report it to the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, at 207-288-5644. Or, Maine Animal Lifeline at 207-773-7377.