This morning Rockaway Rises spoke with The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, who picked up a male harp seal on Beach 69th street. Here is what Rob DiGiovanni of the foundation had to say about him:
“The seal picked up from Rockaway is a male harp seal. He came in under weight and dehydrated. Upon arrival at our facility weighing 44lbs and about 3’ in length. He is considered in critical condition and our biologist are working with him now. He is currently being tubed fluids and has been placed on antibiotics. His glucose was low this morning so we gave him and IV and dextrose to help. The intent is to get him healthy so he can be returned back to the wild. This process could take two months and require 2000 man hours hours of care.”
He also encourages all beach residents to be in contact when they find marine life on the beach, telling us :
“It is important for the public to keep our stranding hotline number in their phone to report sick, injured, dead or healthy animals. The hotline number is 631-369-9829.”
While this type of seal is somewhat rare in these parts, it appears that they have been showing up on East Coast beaches with more and more frequency.
Here’s wishing the little guy a speedy recovery.