A juvenile harbor seal, likely a few months old, was rescued off the Scusset Beach jetty rocks near the Cape Cod Canal in July, coincidentally the same afternoon another rescued seal was being released at the same beach!
He was lethargic, thin, had labored breathing and several wounds to his mouth. Our volunteer and colleague Margot Madden of the National Marine Life Center (NMLC) geared up in safety equipment and descended by rope down the rocks to capture the seal.
He was transported just a short distance to NMLC, located in Buzzards Bay. I assisted her in examining, assessing and treating him that first evening, we named him Sea Salt that evening, due to his very light coloring. It was a perfect fit.
His breathing concerned us. He was very bloody from his severely infected face wound and one of his flippers was swollen. After x-rays and further exams by NMLC's veterinarian Dr. Rogers Williams, it was determined that his left jaw was broken and several teeth were missing.
Due to the severity of his injuries, we were all concerned he was not going to survive, fearing a possible infection in the broken jaw bone, prohibiting him from eating.