Home sweet volcano: Alaska fur seals thrive at unlikely spot
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s northern fur seal population for three decades has been classified as depleted, but the marine mammals are showing up in growing numbers at an unlikely location:...
Harbor seals released by SeaLife Center into Kachemak Bay
HOMER, Alaska (AP) — Two young harbor seals are back where they belong after being rehabilitated through the Alaska SeaLife Center's Wildlife Response Program and released into Kachemak...
US biologists eye unusual deaths of Alaska ice seals
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's northwest coast have been dying at uncommon rates, and federal marine mammal biologists Thursday declared an "unusual mortality...
Hawaii monk seal recovered and released after 2nd rescue
HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaiian monk seal has been released in good health after her second rescue by a marine mammal hospital, officials said.
Group wants to end protections for seals to deal with sharks
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts citizen's group is calling for eliminating federal protections for seals as Cape Cod officials seek ways to protect beachgoers from great white sharks.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sea ice along northern Alaska disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents who rely on wildlife and fish.
New study to examine feeding habits of Cape Cod great whites
BOSTON (AP) — Researchers on Cape Cod are launching a new study focused on the hunting and feeding habits of the region's great white sharks following last year's two attacks on humans, including...
Environmental group sues over ice seal habitat decision
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An environmental group sued the Trump administration Thursday for failing to designate critical habitat for two species of seals that rely on sea ice off Alaska's...
At least 60 ice seals found dead along west Alaska coast
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — At least 60 ice seals have been found dead along Alaska's west coast and federal biologists on Wednesday were trying to determine the cause.
Sound barrier to chase seals, prevent shark attacks debated
BOSTON (AP) — A plan to develop an acoustic system to chase away seals in order to prevent shark attacks is the latest front in the debate about how Cape Cod should respond in the wake of last...
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) — An unexpected influx of elephant seals has restricted access to a beach at Point Reyes National Seashore northwest of San Francisco.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A CT scan performed on a Hawaiian monk seal at a hospital has shown that the animal is suffering from muscle inflammation and infection, officials said.
Effort seeks to uncover Iliamna Lake’s purported monster
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The mysterious animal that people say they see in Iliamna Lake is dark, longer than 15 feet, with a long head and tail and distinct fins. It isn't a whale or a seal, and...
BEIJING (AP) — Animal rights groups on Saturday cheered the release of 37 spotted seal pups rescued from traffickers into the wild in northern China in a small victory for efforts to save the...
HONOLULU (AP) — The public should give adequate space to ensure the safety of a monk seal that has been resting on a Hawaii beach, officials said.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A critically ill Hawaiian monk seal has undergone a CT scan in the hopes of determining the cause of its illness.
Trump takes a step back from threat to close southern border
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump eased up on his threats to close the southern border as officials across his administration explored half-measures that might satisfy the president's urge...
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BOSTON (AP) — Heavy surf has brought many young seals to New England shores in recent days, and scientists say it's important for people to leave the animals alone.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A silvery seal with soulful black eyes and a spotted coat is making a splash in the Hudson River 150 miles inland from the Atlantic.
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.
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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.
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.