Harbor Seal Makes Trek to Trout Hatchery; Has Feast

Harbor seal in Cape Cod

A young harbor seal was discovered in a state fish hatchery in the town of Sandwich in Cape Cod.  There she had her pick of delicious trout to eat.  Her all-you-can eat buffet came to an end, however, when the Cape Cod Stranding Network captured the seal, tagged her, and released her back into the Atlantic in West Dennis.

What is interesting is the tremendous journey this seal had to make to reach the hatchery.  According to Misty Niemeyer of the Cape Cod Stranding Network, the seal would have had to waddle on land for 2 miles, including stretches on the boardwalk and through a tunnel under Route 6A.

For more information, see Boston.com’s article: “Hungry Seal Hits Bonanza at Fish Hatchery”

Stranded Pilot Whale Rescue a Success

Pilot whale rescue in Tasmania, Australia

Over the weekend, 64 pilot whales were stranded on the northern coast of Tasmania.  In general, it is rare to save any whales in a mass stranding such as this one, however, rescuers were able to release 11 of the whales back into the water.

Rescuers aren’t certain why the pilot whales got stranded, but scientist Rosemary Gales offered this theory:

“At Godfrey’s Beach where we are, it is very shallow and sloping. It has an extraordinary tide span and so the whales one minute can be in quite deep water and as soon as the tide changes, they get caught out and they are stranded essentially on sand bars and very shallow sloping beach.”

The scientists attached satellites to the ones who were released and have determined that the whales have regrouped into a small pod, thereby making the rescue a success.

For more info:
The Telegraph – “Australian rescuers save some of the stranded pilot whales”
The World Today – “Scientists monitor whales after beaching”