New Patient Admitted: Triton

gray seal

Triton, a yearling male gray seal.

Our newest patient, a yearling male grey seal, was admitted to the National Marine Life Center’s animal hospital on Monday, July 30th.  He was picked up by the International Fund For Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) Marine Mammal Rescue Team from Nauset Light Beach in Eastham, and was directly admitted to our hospital. He was named “Triton” in honor of our upcoming Mermaid Ball.

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Triton came in Monday evening with multiple lacerations on his body and flippers. He received a veterinary exam on Tuesday including x-rays, blood work, and thorough cleaning of the wounds. The source of his injuries in unknown, however the damage looks consistent with a propeller strike from a boat. He is being kept in our dry holding room and receiving daily treatments including pain relievers, antibiotics, fluids, and wound care. If his condition improves we will move him into one of our large seal tanks, however at the moment we are mostly concerned with keeping his injuries clean and dry.

Dr. Williams prepares to clean Triton's wounds.Dr. Williams shaves the area round Triton's wounds to keep them clean.

Watch the website for updates and check our Facebook page for photos and news on Triton. If you’d like to contribute to his rehabilitation, please click here.


Posted by Dimitria G.
Dimitria is a Summer, 2013 Intern at the National Marine Life Center. She is a sophomore at U Mass Dartmouth majoring in Biology.