Alaska SeaLife Center Admits Two Harbor Seal Pups
June 10, 2021

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) admitted two female harbor seal pups to the Wildlife Response Program. On June 2, a harbor seal with dark fur was found alone at an Alaska Department of Fish and Game salmon monitoring weir on the Little Susitna River. The animal appeared to have stranded shortly after birth since the umbilical cord was still fleshy. On June 6, another harbor seal pup with light fur was found alone on a beach in Anchor Point. After checking the beach the following day, the seal had not moved, and no other seals were in the area. Both animals were transported to the Center after receiving National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approval.


Upon initial admit exams, both harbor seal pups were found to be in relatively stable condition. The team is currently providing various treatments and examining the patients further to identify any threatening conditions. A full press release will be provided with updates on these animals after further monitoring and examination.


The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Wildlife Response Program can provide care for animals like these harbor seals because of donations from corporate sponsors and individual donors. People are encouraged to contribute to the care of these patients here:


About ASLC 

Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a 501(c)(3), non-profit research institution and public aquarium in Seward, Alaska. The Center generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit

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