BAR HARBOR — All along the coast of Maine, harbor seals are having pups. That means that College of the Atlantic’s marine mammal stranding response program is already active. Two pups had been rescued as of press time.
For those interested in joining the program, learning to assess when a seal is in danger, and when it is just fine on its own, is essential. To help educate the network – and anyone else interested in seal behavior – Allied Whale, COA’s marine mammal research organization, is hosting its annual spring stranding response workshop on Saturday, May 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the McCormick Lecture Hall on the COA campus at 105 Eden Street.
The workshop will provide information about the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the stranding network, the natural history of the harbor seal, how to assess seal pups, how to handle the pups if necessary and what they do and don’t need. There also will be information about how to identify seals, disease transference and safety.
The workshop is free. It is important for those involved in the stranding network to attend the workshop, but all are welcome to attend and find out more.
Contact Rosemary Seton at [email protected] or 801-5682.
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