NOAA Will Continue Investigation of Mysterious Seal Deaths
Over a hundred seals have died along the New England coast since the start of September and officials still don't fully understand why.
Early samples indicate pneumonia may be the cause although representatives for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Northeast Region have yet to offer an official explanation to account for the mysterious deaths.
On November 4, NOAA declared the seal deaths an “Unusual Mortality Event," which will free up additional funds for the investigation.
“We want to remind people to not get close to seals encountered along the shore, to keep their pets away and to report any sightings to us through our stranding hotline, while we continue to assess whether there is any potential human health risk,” said Dr. Teri Rowles, National Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program Coordinator at NOAA Fisheries Service.
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