5/30/2013

A 1-to-2-day-old seal pup died and another week-old pup ended up separated from its mother after people apparently disregarded warnings and approached the animals on the New Hampshire coast. New England Aquarium senior biologist Katie Pugliares and spokesman Tony LaCasse reminded the public to respect nature and steer clear of seals, especially pups. Federal law requires that people remain at least 150 feet away from seals, but people regularly ignore reminders and approach the pups for photos, stressing the animals and interfering with the mother's ability to find them using scent. There is also a possibility of disease transmission between humans and seals.

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