The winter months are seal season at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey. This winter especially. While no seals make their home in NJ permanently, the more than 1,800 miles of NJ coastline are often territory where seals can be spotted as they migrate to warmer waters or follow food sources. When those seals become stranded and injured the good folks at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center do what they do best: rescue marine life.
The good news is that the seals that the MMSC can get to in time stand a very good chance of being rehabilitated and released back into the wild. In fact, well over 90% make a full recovery. The bad news is that such rehabilitation is costly. Rehabilitation can last up to several months and cost thousands of dollars for a single animal. This winter has seen a record number of calls to the center for seals and the facility is packed to capacity with seals.
The MMSC relies heavily on the help of volunteers and contributors, and there are many ways to help the MMSC. From volunteering, to participating in center events, to “adopting a seal” or simply making a contribution to the center, every little bit counts.
By: Tony Romeo