A little grey seal with a shark bite. Photo by the NJ Marine Mammal Stranding Center's Facebook page. This non-profit wildlife organization needs help to provide for many sick and injured seals on a very limited budget. Donations always help - https://www.mmsc.org/ways-to-donate/simple-donation Thanks!
Seal pup with shark bite wounds found on Jersey Shore beach
By Rajeev Dhir | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on March 30, 2017 at 10:31 AM,
updated March 30, 2017 at 2:02 PM
Experts at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center are caring for several young seals found stranded along the Jersey Shore in recent days including a seal pup found with shark bite wounds.
The group is currently treating eight seals at the facility, the Brigantine-based center said in a Facebook post.
One grey seal pup, stranded in Manasquan, is being nursed back to health after being found with shark bites.
Bob Schoelkopf, MMSC's founding director, said the male pup was brought to the center on Mar. 26.
"It had deep lacerations that had to be sutured shut and there's a bone in the flipper that was exposed. We're hoping that does heal over," Schoelkopf told NJ Advance Media over the phone.
He said they're monitoring his condition to make sure he makes a full recovery.
The group posted photos of other seals on its page, including a lethargic adult harp found on Holgate Beach. Another adult harp seal, brought in from the National Aquarium from Baltimore, is expected to be released on Monday at Sandy Hook. The stranding center she gained 60 pounds since she was put under its care.