Though they’re highly trained on how to safely handle seals in distress, Dolan and Northey consulted their staff veterinarian before attempting an eel extraction.
“The eel was dead,” Bohlander said. “They have to live in the water so once the seal surfaced, it died. The tricky part is, you want to make sure you remove the entire eel; if you don’t, it could cause more problems.”
Dolan and Northey came up with a game plan: They snuck up behind the young seal, and one of the women restrained her while the other pulled out the eel. After about one minute of seal wrangling, the eel extraction was accomplished.