Maine Seal Recuperating on Cape Cod

This juvenile male harbor seal was rescued Sept. 6 from Old Orchard Beach, ME, suffering from respiratory distress and cuts to his flipper and chin. He was rescued by NOAA Fisheries and taken to the University of New England Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center for initial care and medical treatment. Townsend was transferred to NMLC to continue his rehabilitation. Photo/National Marine Life Center.

CapeCodOnline: When was the last time you pulled an all-nighter with a seal?

Staff at the National Marine Life Center can easily answer “Wednesday” [October 10] after spending the wee hours keeping an eye on Townsend, a weanling found injured in Maine.

“This is really exciting because it’s actually the first animal to be a patient in our new marine animal hospital,” Kate Shaffer, animal care and facilities coordinator at the center, said.

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