Riverhead Foundation recovers gray seal pup

02/08/2011 4:15 PM |
Gray seal pup rescued

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | This one-month old gray seal was recovered by Riverhead Foundation biologist Gretchen Kowalik Tuesday.

A female gray seal pup found in a parking lot in East Marion is now on its way back to the ocean.

The seal, estimated to be less than a year old, was taken to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Preservation and Research headquarters for an evaluation. It was found near the state boat ramp about 150 feet from Peconic Bay, according to Riverhead Foundation director Rob DiGiovanni.

Mr. DiGiovanni said Plum Island is a major haul out site for gray seals, so the animal might have come from there.

The gray seal, estimated to be about one year old and to weigh about 22 pounds, was taken to the foundation’s headquarters located at Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead. Biologists are about to release the seal, which is in good health, near the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays.

The Riverhead Foundation asks anyone who spots a marine animal on land to call their 24-hour hotline at 369-9829.



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  • Check your facts, there’s no way that seal is one year old. It’s a couple weeks old at most, it’s still molting it’s baby coat.

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    Written by Ryan Woodford

    # 4 seal flippers
    # 1 L water
    # 500 ml soda
    # 125 ml fat pork, diced
    # 1 cup milk
    # 2 onoins, chopped
    # 5 ml salt
    # 60 ml flour
    # 250 ml cold water
    # 5 ml Worcestershire sauce

    Soak flippers in 1 L of water and soda. Trim off excess fat.

    Dry flippers and dip in seasoned flour.

    Brown in pork fat. Add onions and make a gravy of flour, water, and sauce. Pour over flippers.

    Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 2-3 hours.

    Make a pastry and cover the flippers. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes.