Ringed seal found at Dutch Harbor gets medical aid

A juvenile ringed seal found on the beach at Dutch Harbor is now in the care of the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, where he is being treated for dehydration, malnutrition and a possible infection. Photo courtesy of ASLC

A juvenile male ringed seal who was observed for several days stranded on a beach at Dutch Harbor is being treated at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, where he is stabilized and being evaluated for further medical needs.

The young seal was monitored on the beach for several days with help from local volunteers and, when it became evident that the seal was losing weight, his transport to ASLC was approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

An initial examination determined that the seal was suffering from malnourishment, dehydration and a possible infection. An updated report on his condition will be provided after a full evaluation is completed, the ASLC said.

The center is accepting donations toward the care of the seal via www.alaskasealife.org.

Major supporters of ASLC include ConocoPhillips, Marathon Petroleum Corp., SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, PetZoo, Borman Family Foundation, GCI, Partners4Wildlife, Sea Otter Foundation & Trust, and Grizzly Pet Products.