Harp seal comes ashore in Wareham

Jan 21, 2019

A harp seal came ashore in Wareham on Monday afternoon, prompting officials to remind the public that all wild animals need some space.

Officers from the Wareham Department of Natural Resources said that the seal did not appear to be injured, but was very vocal about a crowd of onlookers gathered nearby.

Some of whom, they said, had attempted to feed the seal sandwiches.

“We ask that if you come across a seal to please keep a significant distance and do not disturb them,” officers said in Facebook post. “Don’t attempt to wrap blankets around it or try to assist it back to the water in any way.”

They added that harp seals tend to eat sand when they become stressed, which can make them sick.

The animal is now under observation by the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s stranding response agency, who will be monitoring its activity closely.

Residents are strongly encouraged to report similar sightings to the department by calling 508-291-3100 ext. 3180.