Townsend is a juvenile male harbor seal that stranded September 6 on Old Orchard Beach in Maine suffering from respiratory distress and cuts to his face and chin. He was rescued by NOAA Fisheries and transported to the University of New England’s Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center where he received care and medical treatment. Today we transferred him to the National Marine Life Center’s new hospital to continue his rehabilitation.
Nicknamed “Townsend” after NMLC co-founder and benefactor Townsend Hornor of Osterville, MA, the seal was weighed, measured, and given an “admit exam” upon arrival. Radiographs and a blood sample were taken in order to assess the animal’s health. He was placed in a rehabilitation pool and is under observation for his first 24 hours to ensure a successful transition.