SeaWorld Orlando cares for rescued harbor seal

Female harbor seal rescued near Palm Beach

Photo courtesy of SeaWorld Rescue.
Photo courtesy of SeaWorld Rescue.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A wayward female harbor seal was rescued Sunday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from the Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach, officials say.

The SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team met up with FWC and transported the harbor seal to SeaWorld Orlando.

The four-and-a-half-foot-long harbor seal was first reported to NOAA on Saturday morning. SeaWorld Rescue officials said she appeared lethargic and severely underweight and was far from her normal waters.

After the seal arrived at SeaWorld Orlando, officials said, the park's Animal Rescue Team and veterinary staff performed a complete health exam and began providing an antibiotic treatment.

The harbor seal will receive around-the-clock care, including regular tube feedings and fluids, and officials said her health will continue to be monitored.

As of her last checkup Monday afternoon, the harbor seal is believed to be 2 to 3 years old, and weighs only 76 pounds, which is very low for a seal her size. SeaWorld Rescue said harbor seals of this length and age usually weigh 150 pounds.

If you see an injured marine animal, call the FWC hotline at 1-888-404-3922 or dial *FWC on a cellular device.