“The seal more than likely came up with the extremely high flood tide around 2 a.m., as a result of the storm,” Ashley Stokes, rescue manager at Seacoast Science Center (SSC), told The Dodo. “Once he was up there, he likely realized pretty quickly that it was a more desirable spot than being battered by the high surf, and stayed put. Unfortunately, he didn't realize that it was not a good spot for him to be in!”
Had the person not spotted the lethargic 2-month-old seal pup early that morning, Stokes noted, he could have easily been hit by a speeding car. A police officer arrived at the scene to protect the seal until members of the rescue team from SSC were able to herd the animal off the road and into a nearby parking lot.