Seal pup rescued from road released into Atlantic Ocean

A young seal that was found collapsing on a busy Long Island road last weekend has returned to the Atlantic Ocean.

A passerby spotted the baby seal in the middle of what is normally a busy roundabout early Sunday morning in Suffolk County. Southampton City Police then replied and stayed with the seal until staff from the New York Marine Rescue Center arrive to take care of the marine mammal.

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The seal spent the week at NYMRC facility receives fluids and food and is treated for some scratches. A senior vet then approved the release of the roughly 3-month-old gray seal pup – then nicknamed ‘Peconic’ because he had probably searched for herring in the Peconic River before taking a few wrong turns and ending up on the road. .

“NYMRC staff are so thrilled that this animal has been cleared for release after a short time at NYMRC and is ready to go home,” said rescue program director Maxine Montello.

Staff released Peconic at Tiana Beach in Hampton Bays on Friday morning. He walked towards the water, then suddenly stopped, turned around and briefly looked at the stick – as if to say goodbye. It then rotated again and disappeared into the waves.

Spring is seal whelping season in the Northeastern United States, so you may encounter seals on the beach. However, all marine mammals are protected by federal law, so keep your distance for their safety — and yours, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Seals have powerful jaws and can leave a lasting impression. We have received reports of a number of injuries to humans after getting too close to an animal during a quick photo shoot” , says NOAA on its website. “When you get too close to a wild animal, you risk stressing it out or threatening it, and stressed animals are much more likely to act unpredictably.”