Photo from Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research
FROM NBC-NYC Channel 4 News
A young male Harbor seal tangled in fishing nets (gill netting and rope) off the coast of Long Island was rescued by a group of animal lovers Monday afternoon, March 21, 2016.
The seal was spotted stuck in gill netting by a Hempstead Bay Constable off the coast of Crow Island Leed near Meadowbrook Parkway, authorities said.
The constable called the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research, which sent workers to free the seal from the net and rescue it from the water.
The seal was taken to the foundation’s headquarters and treated for minor wounds, the group said in a statement.
It is being cared for in one of the foundation’s 17 seal tanks, the group said.