Sick harp seal rescued in NH; officials hope for a cure

Posted March 28, 2011, at 12:34 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Marine wildlife experts are hoping an underweight, possibly sick harp seal found in a New Hampshire marsh can be cured and released back into the ocean.

The 200-pound, 5-foot seal was first noticed Friday in a marsh behind the Little Harbor School in Portsmouth.

On Saturday a New England Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue crew took the seal to the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, where it will undergo rehabilitation in hopes it can be released.

The New England Aquarium’s Tony LaCasse tells the Portsmouth Herald the seal was between 50 and 100 pounds under weight.

Officials say if anyone sees a seal out of water for an extended time they should call the aquarium’s marine animal center in Boston.

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