Alaska SeaLife Center staff treat a harbor seal pup at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. (Photo courtesy Kaiti Grant/Alaska SeaLife Center)

Alaska SeaLife Center staff treat a harbor seal pup at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. (Photo courtesy Kaiti Grant/Alaska SeaLife Center)

Nikiski harbor seal rescued, 4th in a week

The female seal pup was seen on a crowded fishing beach

A harbor seal pup found in Nikiski without any adults was admitted Sunday to the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program, the fourth young seal to be admitted in less than a week.

The center announced the admission in a release on Wednesday, saying that the female seal pup was seen on a “crowded fishing beach in Nikiski,” and that people on the beach reported the animal.

The seal, after being admitted, was estimated to be fewer than 2 days old, the release says. Staff concerns included dehydration and the significant youth of the patient. The seal will be “closely monitored” and will receive ongoing treatment.

Last week, the center announced that three seals, all under a week old, were found similarly alone in the Copper River area. Social media posts from the center this week show that those pups, the “Copper River Trio,” are continuing to receive treatment.

For more information about the Alaska SeaLife Center and for continuing updates about the wildlife response patients, visit facebook.com/AlaskaSeaLifeCenter.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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