The ringed seal lies on a beach in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on May 10, 2021. (Photo courtesy ADFG Biologist Asia Beder)

The ringed seal lies on a beach in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on May 10, 2021. (Photo courtesy ADFG Biologist Asia Beder)

SeaLife Center admits ringed seal from Dutch Harbor

Dutch Harbor is outside of the normal range for ringed seals.

A ringed seal found in Dutch Harbor arrived at the Alaska SeaLife Center on Wednesday after being admitted to the center’s Wildlife Response Program.

According to a press release from the SeaLife Center, Dutch Harbor is outside of the normal range for ringed seals. The seal admitted Wednesday had been observed on a beach for several days before people realized it was losing weight. It was moved to the SeaLife Center after the move was approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Malnourishment, dehydration and possible infection were among the veterinary team’s first concerns following their initial admit exam of the seal. While they conduct further examinations of the seal, the team is providing it with initial stabilizing treatments and working to further understand the severity of its condition.

The Alaska stock of ringed seals is the only stock recognized in U.S. waters, according to the SeaLife Center. While there are four subspecies of ringed seals, arctic ringed seals are the only ones found in the U.S. In December of 2012, ringed seals were listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.

In the wild, ringed seals live mostly in arctic waters near ice floes and pack ice. Their diet consists of fish and invertebrates like shrimp and herring and face the greatest threat from subsistence hunters, from polar bears and from impacts of climate change on pack ice. Ringed seals are the most common seal in the arctic.

The seal’s admission to the center comes as season two of NatGeo WILD’s show, Alaska Animal Rescue, comes to a close. The show follows first responders, veterinarians and animal caretakers from the SeaLife Center, the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage and the Alaska Raptor Center in Sitka. Season one of the show can be viewed on Disney+.

More information about ringed seals and about the SeaLife Center’s new seal can be found at alaskasealife.org.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

The ringed seal is held at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, on May 12, 2021. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

The ringed seal is held at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, on May 12, 2021. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

More in News

Council member James Baisden speaks in favor of an amendment to the City of Kenai’s budget that would add funds for construction of a veteran’s memorial column in the Kenai Cemetery during a meeting of the Kenai City Council in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai budget amendment allocates funds for veterans’ columbarium in cemetery expansion

A columbarium is an aboveground structure that houses cremated remains

Council member Alex Douthit speaks in favor of an amendment to the CIty of Kenai’s budget that would reduce funds allocated to the Storefront and Streetscape Improvement Program during a meeting of the Kenai City Council in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Funding reduced for City of Kenai’s storefront improvement grant program

Just over a year after the City of Kenai established its Storefront… Continue reading

Mount Redoubt can be seen across Cook Inlet from North Kenai Beach on Thursday, July 2, 2022. (Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion file photo)
Hilcorp only bidder in Cook Inlet oil and gas lease sale

8 million acres were available for bidding in the sale, spread across Cook Inlet and the Alaska Peninsula region

Council member Phil Daniel speaks during a meeting of the Kenai City Council in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
City of Kenai approves budget

A draft of the document says that the city expects to bring in around $19.5 million in the next year, and spend $20.2 million

A sockeye salmon rests atop a cooler at the mouth of the Kasilof River on Monday, June 26, 2023, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
A sockeye salmon rests atop a cooler at the mouth of the Kasilof River on Monday, June 26, 2023, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kasilof River personal use setnet opening delayed

Low counts for Kenai River early-run king salmon motivate restriction

Ben Meyer, environmental scientist and water quality coordinator for the Kenai Watershed Forum, teaches children about young salmon freshly pulled from the Kenai River during the Kenai River Fair at Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska, on Saturday, June 7, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River Fair debuts with array of activities and education

Previously called the Kenai River Festival, the newly refocused fair featured booths and activities dedicated to education about the outdoors, wildlife and ecosystems

A sign welcomes visitors on July 7, 2021, in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Seward Pride Alliance rallies after bomb threat displaces drag story hour

The event was able to continue after a delay and a fundraising effort has brought in more than $13,000

Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion
City of Kenai Public Works Director Scott Curtain; City of Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel; Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Peter Micciche; Sen. Lisa Murkowski; Col. Jeffrey Palazzini; Elaina Spraker; Adam Trombley; and Kenai City Manager Terry Eubank cut the ribbon to celebrate the start of work on the Kenai River Bluff Stabilization Project on the bluff above the Kenai River in Kenai on Monday.
‘The future is bright for the City of Kenai’

Kenai celebrates start of bluff stabilization project after developing for 40 years

A Kenai Peninsula Food Bank truck in the Food Bank parking lot on Aug. 4, 2022 in Soldotna, Alaska (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Food Bank’s Spring Festival set for Friday

The event will feature a wide swath of vendors, including lots of nonprofits, who will be sharing information about their services

Most Read