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Wayward harbor seal rescued off Florida coast

A sight that's more common in northern Atlantic waters appeared along the rocks in the Palm Beach Inlet in South Florida this month.

It was a harbor seal, the long, playful mammal that is more common in the waters off Canada, New England and even the Carolinas.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission marine mammal biologists and law enforcement officers and Palm Beach Sheriff's Office deputies rescued the seal in a carefully orchestrated net capture among the rocks.

FWC biologists evaluated the seal and it appeared to be very thin and tired, according to information on the agency's YouTube page where a video of the rescue was posted Wednesday. Because it was so far from typical seal habitat (the northern Atlantic) and seemed to be in poor condition, biologists and officers rescued the seal and transferred it to SeaWorld Orlando for further evaluation and care.

Though it is very unusual for seals to be this far south, they have been reported on occasion, noted the FWC.

Wayward harbor seal rescued off Florida coast 02/21/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 21, 2014 1:19pm]
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