Rapid response saves adult Gray Seal in Cape Cod

Wednesday, 23 July, 2008
Yarmouth Port, MA
The Cape Cod Stranding Network, a Project of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (CCSN-IFAW) and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS) disentangled a 600 lb gray seal that was swimming just offshore at Nauset Beach in Orleans today.
The adult male seal was entangled in approximately 40 lbs of heavy netting of unidentified origin that trailed seven feet down the length of the animal. The team was able to attach a line to the entangling gear and bring the animal to shore for an examination and disentanglement. The seal was thin and suffered from lacerations around the neck and front and rear flippers, but was deemed healthy, disentangled completely, and released immediately back to the water. 
The collaborative animal rescue team was also assisted by the Nauset Beach Lifeguards and the Orleans Fire and Rescue Department, who provided the use of their inflatable boat and staff to facilitate the capture of the animal.   
Gray seals are seen on Cape Cod throughout the year, congregating mostly on the beaches and sandbars of Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Cape.  They are dangerous wild animals that are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). and should never be approached closer than 150ft. Violation of the MMPA can result in federal criminal prosecution.
If you see an entangled seal or other marine mammal in distress on shore or in near shore waters, please call the Cape Cod Stranding Network HOTLINE at 508-743-9548.  
About CCSN (Cape Cod Stranding Network)
The Cape Cod Stranding Network, a Project of IFAW, is a non-profit organization that responds to live and dead stranded whales, dolphins, and seals on Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts.  Our mission is to promote the conservation of marine mammal species (dolphins, whales, and seals) and their habitat by improving response and humane care to stranded marine mammals, advancing stranding science, and promoting public awareness through education. To learn how you can help, please visit www.ifaw.org
About PCCS (Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies)
PCCS is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting marine mammals and ecosystems in the Gulf of Maine through applied research, education, public policy initiatives and management strategies. Our world renowned disentanglement team operates under federal permit and coordinates disentanglement activities along the East Coast of the United States.

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