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Ailing seal pup rescued in latest discovery of distressed Alaska marine mammals

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Fish Fukushima“We don’t know what’s going on in the environment, but it does seem to be an unusual year,”

An orphaned and injured seal pup rescued this week from a Southeast Alaska beach was one of several found this summer, federal agency officials said.

The female seal pup found on Douglas Island was taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and is in stable condition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement. The pup was lethargic and very thin — only 16.5 pounds — and bore wounds on her face and upper body, probably from predator attacks, officials said.

“She was one of a number of seal pups very recently reported abandoned in Southeast. It’s unusual to get pup reports this late in the summer, but it’s been a very unusual marine mammal year in many respects,” Kate Savage, a veterinarian for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, said in the statement issued Thursday.

It was the second such case this week, NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle said Friday.

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