With a lot of people expected to fill the local beaches over the holiday weekend, local marine mammal experts have some information you should know.

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May and June are when Harbor seals bear their young. As a result, the chances increase of seeing the young pups on the beach.

It is vital that you stay back if you see one, and get in touch with the the Seacoast Science Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue hotline at 603-997-9448.

According to an article published at Fosters.com, Marine Mammal Rescue coordinator Ashley Stokes says:

 “It is vital that we do not interrupt the important bond being formed between a mother seal and her pup during this time.The mother seal may leave her pup on the beach while she is off feeding and it is critical that we give the pup space so the mother is will to return to it.”

 

There are steps to take if you do see a marine mammal on shore in New Hampshire, and they include:

  • Call the Seacoast Science Center’s 24-hour Marine Mammal Rescue hotline at 603-997-9448.

  • Report the exact location, if it's live or dead, and details about it's size, coloring, and behavior.

  • Always maintain a safe distance (at least 150 feet) from the animal to avoid injury to you or the animal.

If you'd like some more information regarding the Marine Mammal Rescue team, go to the Seacoast Science Centers website.