Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - NOAA Fisheries responded to a harbor seal pup in distress at Auke Bay Wednesday morning.
The seal pup was first reported to NOAA Sunday afternoon, when it was at Lena Beach.
NOAA staff conferred with the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and mutually decided to collect it for rehabilitation if it was still present and in distress Monday morning.
The seal returned to the water Sunday evening. It was not seen again until Wednesday morning, when NOAA Fisheries received reports from the public that the pup was on the beach behind the University of Alaska Southeast Anderson Lab building in Auke Bay.
A response team met with a UAS staff member to the scene, who was keeping watch and preventing eagles and pedestrians from disturbing the pup. NOAA Fisheries veterinarian Kate Savage successfully transferred the pup from the beach. It was administered fluids and sent to the ASLC on the afternoon flight.
The ASLC will post a profile to their website for this seal, PV1907.