Seaside Aquarium got at call at 9 a.m. Saturday morning from Cannon Beach about an abandoned seal pup on the beach, the aquarium’s Tiffany Boothe reported.
The pup ended up being a Guadalupe fur seal, a threatened species of pinniped with an estimated population of only 34,000. This Guadalupe fur seal was thin, dehydrated and a bit out of its normal range. After coordinating with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and SR3, a rehab facility in Des Moines, Washington, Seaside Aquarium staff successfully recovered the seal.
After a brief nap at the Seaside Aquarium the fur seal was given fluids and transferred. Once stable the seal will be transferred to a rehabilitation facility in California, and if all goes well, eventually released.