Seal Discovered In Debris At Smith Point On Fire Island
The Riverhead Foundation confirmed three live seals, one entangled harbor seal and another seal that was found dead were discovered on Friday, April 15 washed up along the coast of Suffolk County, Long Island. The entangled seal was discovered in poor condition, wrapped up in debris. She was subsequently taken to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation to be treated for injuries caused by twine.
Beachgoers started calling in to report sightings of the seals at Smith Point on Fire Island, Amagansett, East Hampton and Montauk in the early hours of Friday morning, around 7am. The injured seal was the one found on Fire Island.
After the Riverhead Foundation brought in one of the seals to be treated at their hospital facility, they reminded people on social media to give seals space if sighted one washed up on the shores. The foundation reminded that federal law prohibits interaction with these animals, and a distance of 50 yards, or 150 feet, is required. It’s best to leave professionals to treat the animals in case of emergencies like these.
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