A seventh harbor seal pup, spotted alone and bloodied on Fox Island near Seward, has joined six other harbor seal pups in the care of the Alaska SeaLife Center.
The small female, her neck bloodied from a possible animal attack or failed attempt at predation, was spotted on the popular Resurrection Bay landmark on July 3 and transported to the Alaska SeaLife Center the next day with the approval of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials.
The center’s veterinary team has focused on treating a number of puncture wounds sustained by the pup. ASLC officials said they will further assess the pup with radiographs and more in-depth exams to understand the severity of her condition, with updates to be provided after further monitoring and examination.
ASLC’s Wildlife Response Program provides care for these marine animals with help from corporate sponsorship and individual donations.
More information about the center’s programs can be found at www.alaskasealife.org.