**lengthy post, but very important - especially for ne beachgoers** .
"a friendly reminder as we begin one of the busiest weeks of the year here on cape cod and other new england beaches. if you see a seal pup on the beach, please observe from a distance (at least 150ft away-no selfies please- this is the law as stated by the marine mammal protection act), it is normal for seals to rest on land- they do not need to be wet, do not try to pick the animal up- they are adorable, but handling a seal can stress it to the point of death, do not put the animal back into the water, and do not attempt to feed the animal. please call your local stranding network partner who will access if the animal needs care. on cape cod you should call the ifaw @action4ifaw
stranding hotline at (508)743-9548. for plymouth and points north to the ma/nh border: new england aquarium (617)973-5247. new hampshire: sea coast science center (603)997-9448, maine: marine mammals of maine 800-532-9551" -@nationalmarinelifecenter
most people who try to approach seals on the beach are trying to be helpful, but keeping them safe can be as easy as leaving them alone and giving them space. a seal laying on the beach is totally normal and interacting with them can be detrimental to their health. seals like to sunbathe just like we do! ☺️ .
sometimes intervention is necessary, (like these guys who are in rehab and will eventually be released back to the ocean) so call one of those numbers above if you do see a seal on the beach so that a trained responder can come out and monitor the animal.