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Feel Better, Big Guy: Arctic Harp Seal Rescued on Local Beach After Being Found Eating Sand

in Toms River News

The 2024 winter season has brought a great amount of attention to the migratory seal population at the Jersey Shore, but recently in Lavallette, a less common visitor found himself in need of assistance on the beach.

According to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, based in Brigantine, the center received a call about a very large, male seal laying on the beach in Lavallette. The Arctic harp seal’s behavior on the beach was observed for 24 hours by MMSC staff and certified Stranding Volunteers local to the area, who decided action needed to be taken after he was seen eating sand on the beach.

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