Earth Day seal rescue

April 24, 2018
Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute had an unusual finale to Earth Day when a late-night caller April 22 reported a seal on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. 
MERR responders found her huddled on the sidewalk near Funland, trying to get a good night's sleep. "Eartha" is a female, gray seal pup about 2-3 months old. Although it is normal to see these seals resting on the beach this time of year, it is unusual for them to visit Funland. Because she was so close to the street and pedestrians, MERR rescued her and moved her to a safer and quieter location so she could rest undisturbed.  
MERR officials remind people who see a seal to maintain a distance of 150 feet, keep dogs on a leash and call MERR at 302-228-5029. MERR responders will assess the seal's condition and will monitor it throughout the day.