Guadalupe Fur Seal Recovering After Being Found Wrapped in Marine Debris

Credit: Jim Rice and Oregon Coast Aquarium

A Guadalupe fur seal pup was rescued after being found wrapped in debris on Salishan Beach near Lincoln City, Oregon. The rescue was a collaboration between the Marine Mammal Stranding Network (MMSN), the Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCAq), and SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research (SR³).

The one-year-old male was first seen by a group of locals who contacted Jim Rice, the Stranding Program Manager from the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. The seal was emaciated and fatigued, a common state caused by entanglement, which makes it difficult for them to feed themselves. Had it not been rescued, it likely would’ve died.

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