Experts report spike in harp seal strandings on East Coast
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Experts are trying to pinpoint the cause of a sharp increase in harp seal strandings along the East Coast.
Marine Mammals of Maine reports that it has responded to 63...
Seal pup rescued after wandering onto Massachusetts road
SALISBURY, Mass. (AP) — A seal pup is back in the ocean after being rescued from a road in Massachusetts.
The Seacoast Marine Mammal Rescue Team says it responded to calls Wednesday of a gray seal pup in the middle of Beacon Street, near the beach.
The organization says the pup, which is likely less than 2 months old, apparently followed a beach access path and wound up on the side street.
Beach taken over by elephant seals to reopen for viewing
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tourists unable to visit a popular beach in Northern California that was taken over by a colony of nursing elephant seals during the government shutdown will be able to get an up-close view of the creatures, officials said Friday.
Point Reyes National Seashore rangers and volunteer docents will lead small groups of visitors starting Saturday to the edge of a parking lot so they can safely see the elephant seals and their newborn pups, said park spokesman John Dell'Osso.
Seals invade Calif. beach during federal shutdown
Seal takeovers, downed trees: Parks clean up post-shutdown
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — National park visitors cut new trails in sensitive soil. They pried open gates while no one was watching. They found bathrooms locked, so they went outside. One off-roader even mowed down an iconic twisted-limbed Joshua tree in California.
Wayward elephant seal shooed back to Central Coast shoreline
SAN SIMEON, Calif. (AP) — Central Coast authorities had to become elephant seal wranglers when one of huge marine mammals was found on the inland side of Highway 1, well away from other seals hauled out on a beach near San Simeon.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office posted video of Wednesday's successful effort to shoo the young bull back across the highway and down to the shore.
Elephant seals take over California beach during shutdown
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A colony of elephant seals took over a beach in Northern California during the government shutdown when there was no staff to discourage the animals from congregating in the popular tourist area, an official said.
Biologists say seal that spent weekend on beach was resting
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Officials from Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut say a juvenile harp seal who spent the weekend on a Rhode Island beach apparently was just resting.
Sarah Callan, assistant manager of the animal rescue program at Mystic, says officials had been monitoring the seal after it was spotted Saturday on Easton's beach.
University joins science center in marine mammal work
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire is partnering with the Seacoast Science Center to help determine what is causing the deaths of seals and other marine mammals found along the northern New England seacoast.
Lawmaker seeks redesign of ‘SOB’ Utah state flag
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah state lawmaker is leading an effort to redesign a clunky Utah state flag that critics have called an "S.O.B." — seal on a bedsheet.
State Rep Steve Handy recently announced he will introduce a bill creating a flag review commission that could ultimately scrap the turbulent form of the 100-year-old flag for a new, simpler one, The Salt Lake Tribune reports .
Officials confirm 10th sea lion killed by gunshot wound
SEATTLE (AP) — A necropsy has determined that a seal lion died from a gunshot wound, marking the 10th to have been found shot and killed in the Puget Sound.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network confirmed the death of the sea lion found in west Seattle last week.
Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they're doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere.
Polar bears are listed as a threatened species because of diminished sea ice due to climate change. But university and federal researchers estimate a healthy and abundant population of nearly 3,000 animals in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, according to a study published Wednesday in Scientific Reports.
Environmental officials using compost for seal carcasses
YORK, Maine (AP) — Maine environmental officials are considering using composting to manage seal corpses left behind from mass die-offs.
The Portsmouth Herald reports over 600 dead seals have washed ashore along the coastline in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts since July. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month an outbreak of distemper caused the deaths.
Gecko butt-dials ‘bazillion’ times from Hawaii seal hospital
HONOLULU (AP) — If you got incessant phone calls last week from a hospital that cares for Hawaiian monk seals, you were butt-dialed.
Or, more specifically, foot-dialed.
By a gecko.
Marine mammal veterinarian Claire Simeone was at lunch when she got a call from Ke Kai Ola, the Big Island hospital where she's director. There was silence on the other end. Nine more silent calls followed. Fearing a seal emergency, she rushed back.
EU seals migrant border pact with Albania
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it has signed an agreement with Albania allowing EU border guards to enter the Balkan country to help control migrants, the first time the bloc has concluded such an accord.
EU headquarters said Friday that the agreement is "aimed at tackling irregular migration, in particular sudden changes in migratory flows, and cross-border crime."
7 researchers evacuated from Pacific atoll as storm nears
HONOLULU (AP) — Seven researchers have been evacuated from a remote atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands as a powerful hurricane headed their way, officials said Wednesday.
A research vessel picked up the seven from French Frigate Shoals, said Kate Toniolo, the acting superintendent of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
Rescued monk seals recover at Big Island animal hospital
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Two Hawaiian monk seal pups found malnourished on Laysan Island are recovering at an animal hospital on the Big Island.
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team surveying the endangered monk seal populations last month in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands found the male and female pups were undersized and underweight.
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Agencies collaborate to help public with Maine seal die offs
SACO, Maine (AP) — A group of state, federal and nonprofit agencies says it is working together to help deal with the high number of stranded seals in Maine in recent weeks.
32-year-old seal named Peter euthanized at Virginia aquarium
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A 32-year-old seal named Peter who lived at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has died.
The Virginian-Pilot reports Peter's health had been in rapid decline, and he was euthanized Monday. The Atlantic harbor seal lived longer than most do in the wild, which is typically up to 25 years.
NOAA declares seal die-off as ‘unusual mortality event’
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government is declaring the deaths of hundreds of seals off the New England coast this summer to be an "unusual mortality event."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday it will investigate the "elevated strandings of harbor and grey seals in the Northeast attributed to disease." It said 462 seals have been found dead off the New England coast in July and August, with most off of Maine and others off of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Alabama man fined for touching endangered Hawaiian monk seal
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — An Alabama man was fined $1,500 for touching a Hawaiian monk seal as well as harassing a sea turtle on Kauai, and then posting the videos on social media.
Avian flu, distemper may be to blame for rash of seal deaths
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Two common diseases, avian flu and distemper, may be to blame for a rash of seal deaths that caused dozens of them to wash ashore in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts in the biggest die-off of seals since 2011, federal scientists said Thursday.
Grants to study stranded marine mammals after seal deaths
SACO, Maine (AP) — Three Maine organizations will receive federal money to study and respond to stranded marine mammals on beaches in the wake of a rash of seal deaths.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that there have been 133 dead harbor seals in Maine this month. The agency says the average for August is 38.4.
Low seal numbers lead sharks to pass Rhode Island
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A shark expert at the University of Rhode Island says sharks tend to bypass the state during the summer because there aren't that many seals.
Brad Wetherbee tells The Providence Journal that seals in Rhode Island migrate north for the summer for places like Cape Cod.
The Latest: Beach where shark attacked closed through Friday
TRURO, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on a Cape Cod shark attack (all times local):
A Massachusetts beach where a New York man was attacked by a shark this week will be closed to swimmers at least through Friday.
Town officials in Truro have put up signs saying, "Danger, No Swimming."
Town manager Rae Ann Palmer says several shark sightings were reported Thursday.
Cause of seal die-offs still unknown as more wash ashore
SACO, Maine (AP) — Rehabilitation facilities are reaching full capacity in Maine as investigators are still trying to determine what's causing dead or stranded seals to wash ashore.
11 dead seals wash up on Maine beach
SACO, Maine (AP) — Maine officials say 11 dead seals, most of them pups, have washed up dead on local beaches.
The seals were first reported Monday in Saco.
City Parks and Recreation Department Director Ryan Sommer says eight washed up on the beach at Kinney Shores, and three others were found at Bayview. He says 10 of the seals were pups.
Rescued seal pup recovering from infections at center
BATH, Maine (AP) — A seal pup that became stranded on a Maine beach is recovering at a rehabilitation center.
The Portland Press Herald reports a Marine Mammals of Maine team rescued the young harbor seal from Long Sands Beach in York on Friday. According to the organization, the seal was suffering from respiratory infections.
Hawaiian monk seal pup rescued from Molokai
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal pup found malnourished on Molokai is now in the care of the Marine Mammal Center's hospital on the Big Island.
The pup named Sole is in stable condition at the Ke Kai Ola facility in Kailua-Kona after it was rescued last week.
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal named Rocky gave birth to her 11th pup on a remote shoreline on Kauai.
Rocky and the baby monk seal appear to be doing well following the Monday delivery, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said.
Nine of Rocky's pups were born on Kauai beaches, but her 10th generated attention last year. Rocky gave birth to a female pup on the crowded Kaimana Beach in Honolulu, surprising visitors in June 2017.
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Two harbor seals rescued in California but too sick or hurt to be returned to the wild have a new home at a nature-friendly exhibit in Texas.
The seals named Tomato and Ravioli made their public debut this week at Moody Gardens in Galveston. The 1-year-old seals, in the North Pacific Exhibit in the Aquarium Pyramid, can also be seen via webcam.
NEW YORK (AP) — Is paying more for organic milk, meat or a can of beans worth it?
The "USDA Organic" label generally signifies a product is made with relatively minimal synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and that animals are raised according to certain guidelines. But disputes over the rules, and questions about adherence, may raise doubts about whether the price is justified.
Scientists investigate if sharks are attacking seals
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Scientists are investigating if great white sharks are responsible for attacks on seals in waters off Alaska.
Some seals in the Bering Sea have turned up with chewed off flippers, large bite marks or beheaded in recent years, Alaska's Energy Desk reported Monday.
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii monk seal exhibit is once again open at Waikiki Aquarium after undergoing a $180,000 renovation.
Moose crashes Anchorage couple’s wedding
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage couple was about to seal their wedding vows with a kiss when the ceremony was interrupted by a moose.
The wedding ceremony for high school sweethearts Shandalyn and Alan Cuellar was wrapping up on the lawn of the Bayshore Clubhouse in south Anchorage when the unexpected visitor emerged from the woods Saturday night, the Anchorage Daily News reported .
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lower-level, nonviolent crimes in Pennsylvania will automatically be sealed from public review after 10 years under a law signed Thursday, a change designed to lessen the stigma for people seeking jobs or housing.
HONOLULU (AP) — The three monk seals found dead on Oahu last month were killed by the parasite found in cat feces, Hawaii officials said.
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration veterinarians determined that toxoplasmosis caused the deaths of two adult female seals and a female pup that were found dead in the span of a week on Oahu in mid-May, officials said.
HONOLULU (AP) — A young monk seal found dead on the Hawaii island of Molokai last month had injuries that were intentionally caused, authorities said.
The body of the female seal, identified as RJ42, was discovered on the west end of Kawaaloa Bay on May 31.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries conducted a post-mortem examination of the seal the next day, finding the injuries that caused the death were purposely inflicted by someone.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California appeals court has upheld a San Diego city ordinance that closes a picturesque children's beach for nearly half the year so that seals may give birth, nurse and wean their pups.
In a decision filed Thursday, the 4th District Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling that set aside the ordinance governing Children's Pool Beach in La Jolla, an affluent seaside community in San Diego.
LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The first monk seal pup born in Hawaii this year is a female.
The pup has already been weaned and is learning to forage for her own food on the south side of Kauai, The Garden Island reported Thursday.
6 dead seals found on Rhode Island beach
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — Officials say six dead seals have been found on a Rhode Island beach.
The Newport Daily News reports that marine biologists from Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration have been called to investigate after the seals were found on Sachuest Beach on Thursday.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Yes, those baby seals are cute. No, you should definitely not touch them.
That's the message from the federal government, which is reminding beachgoers that it's pupping season for harbor seals along the New England coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it's common to see seal pups resting on beaches in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts during this time.
WINDSOR, England (AP) — And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
SANDWICH, Mass. (AP) — Two young gray seals rescued from a New Hampshire beach in March after violent storms are being released back to the wild this weekend.
The Newburyport Daily News reports that Saco and Pemigewasset — named after rivers in New England — are scheduled for release Sunday in Sandwich, Massachusetts.
Students from across Alaska are gathering in Anchorage this week for the Native Youth Olympic Games , which are based in Alaska Native cultural traditions and test hunting and survival skills. Here's a look at the events:
Injured seal pup rescued from Delaware beach
BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) — A seal pup has been rescued from a beach on the Delmarva peninsula for the second time this month.
The News Journal cites a release from the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation institute that says 2 ½-month-old Jelly Bean had wounds and lacerations on the face, neck and flipper when rescued Thursday in Bethany Beach.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said it has been overestimating how many Chinook and sockeye salmon make it up the Taku River.
Department officials said the statistical bias is being corrected by new state-of-the-art studies, the Juneau Empire reported Sunday.
The department said it had been overestimating the salmon numbers by 30 to 40 percent. The estimates were conducted using a decades-old "mark-recapture" system.
New Hampshire marine team releases seal from center
HAMPTON BEACH, N.H. (AP) — Officials in New Hampshire released a rehabilitated seal into the ocean over the weekend.
WMUR-TV reports the Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue Team released the harp seal named Mack into the ocean at Hampton Beach State Park Sunday. The seal was dehydrated when rescuers found it in February at Hampton Beach.