Update On The Rescued Grey Seal Banshee

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Banshee all loaded up and ready to get treated .. photo courtesy of MERR

The other day a female grey seal pup was found on the beach in Bethany.  She was reported to the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute, who likes to record all sightings and also check on the seal’s health.  Usually they are just relaxing on the beach and taking a rest.  MERR likes to keep a record of the ons that visit for population counts

Unfortunately this seal had an injured mouth, so MERR went through the process of capturing it and then took it to the Whaleyville Animal Hospital.  Afterwards it was taken to the  Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ on Monday.

If you ever see a seal please contact MERR at 302.228.5029. Text messages are preferred with as many details as possible and location.  This seal needed rescuing due to injuries and its young age, sometimes this is necessary.  Most of the time they are just chilling on the beach, resting between meals.  Sometimes they are avoiding predators.

Suzanne Thurman executive director of Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute said … “She was looking good at first, but she had a significant wound on her mouth and was starting to go downhill a bit.”  Capturing a seal can be a difficult task, I know few volunteer friends of mine have some interesting stories.   According to Suzanne Thurman, “She proved to be a feisty little seal, and was given the name Banshee for all the loud complaining”

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Once Banshee is all healed up she will be released back into the wild.

Fish On!

Rich King



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