(MyFoxBoston.com) – A two-month-old grey seal pup was relocated to a secluded South Shore nature reserve after being discovered in Hull Tuesday afternoon.
The New England Aquarium's marine animal rescue team moved the 20-pound female pup because on-lookers disturbed the seal as it was trying to rest.
According to marine officials, seals come out of the water to rest or sleep, and despite their cuteness, need to be left alone.
Instead of approaching seal pups, officials ask humans to watch quietly from at least 150 feet away, keep dogs far away from the seal, do not pour water on the seal, do not cover the seal with a towel or blanket, and do not try to make the seal move.
Last week in Hull, an on-looker carried a yearling seal harp back to the ocean which is very dangerous. Seals do bite and carry pathogens that might be unfamiliar to human immune systems and vice versa.
If concerned about the health of the animal, report seal sightings to the New England Aquarium's Marine Animal Hotline at 617-973-5247 or contact local animal control officials.