Seal pup plucked from lighthouse rocks
PORT CLYDE (May 23): Ben Shen of Auburn sent these pictures from Saturday evening, May 20, at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde.
A harbor seal pup, "about 25 pounds and as soft as a child's stuffed animal," according to Shen, was stranded in the rocks and facing a rising tide. Shen said he called Marine Animal Lifeline, the South Portland nonprofit organization that specializes in rescuing stranded seals. A volunteer from Marine Animal Lifeline arrived in short order to rescue the pup, which was so young that its umbilical cord was still attached.
Without the volunteer, Nancy Burton of Damariscotta, Shen said the young pup would have certainly have died on the rocks.
"If it weren't for Nancy the pup would likely have drowned or died of exposure as it was very windy and cold that afternoon," he wrote.
But luckily, the pup was saved. Shen said it was taken to the Marine Animal Lifeline in Portland for, as he put it, "a little R&R."