Newborn harbor seal pup gets care at ASLC

Abandoned newborn harbor seal is now under care at Alaska SeaLife Center. Photo courtesy of ASLC

A newborn harbor seal pup found abandon near Tonsina Creek Trail in Seward is now under care at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

ASLC officials said the pup appeared to have been abandoned after a difficult birth, was virtually nonresponsive and still had the placenta attached. A team from the center hiked over an hour on Thursday, May 27, to locate the seal near the popular hiking trail, after receiving approval from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He was transported to the center with help from a Miller’s Landing water taxi.

Abandoned newborn harbor seal is now under care at Alaska SeaLife Center. Photo courtesy of ASLC

Major concerns as of Saturday, May 29, were malnutrition, dehydration and possible infection. The pup was receiving stabilizing treatments and being examined to determine what further treatment was needed.

ASLC is seeking donations at alaskasealife.org to care for animals like this pup.