According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a harbor seal pup was carried off a beach in Washington state in freaking…. reusable shopping tote by a woman who assumed the animal was abandoned.
After being rational she came to the conclusion that she had no idea how to care for a young seal, she contacted the Westport Aquarium but it was already too late. The seal pup was unresponsive and barely alive by the time aquarium director, Marc Myrsell, arrived at the woman’s house. Myrsell explained to ABC News Today, “Usually these animals will snap and struggle to get away if you try to approach them, but this pup was so lethargic… [putting] him in the carrier to take him to a center was like picking up a sleeping human baby.”
While the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife had every intention of returning the pup to the beach, this seal pup was too far gone and they decided the best thing to do would be to euthanize it. Had they been called in time to help the poor little pup sooner, they could have saved him and brought him back to the wild. Unfortunately someone tried putting the seal in a bag like a loaf of bread, unfreaking-believable.
As NOAA explains, the best thing we can do to help marine mammals is not to carry them away to help, like this woman did, but to ”leave them alone, staying 100 yards away, if possible.” The best course of action is always to call in a professional before acting in any way.