U.S. government joins probe of mysterious seal deaths

October 6, 2011BOSTONFederal officials have joined an investigation into the mysterious deaths of young harbor seals on beaches across three New England states as the number of dead seals rose to 49. Seals began washing up on the beaches of northern Massachusetts, New Hampshire and southern Maine last week, said Maggie Mooney-Seus, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s office in Gloucester, Massachusetts. “Some of them have been decomposed,” she told Reuters on Wednesday. “We’re hoping we’re not going to see a lot more. We don’t know at this point what’s caused it.” The densest cluster of seal deaths has been along New Hampshire’s 18-mile (30-km) coast, where 17 seal carcasses have been recovered since Friday, said Tony Lacasse, a spokesman for the New England Aquarium in Boston. The aquarium has conducted autopsies on three of the least-decomposed seals and found that they all had an adequate layer of blubber to survive. That suggests the young seals did not die because of a failure to develop hunting skills, which causes the natural deaths of about 30 percent of harbor seals after they are weaned from their mother, Lecasse said. “The results were a little surprising to us,” Lecasse said. “We’re doing tissue sampling and have sent those out to labs across the country.”Reuters
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8 Responses to U.S. government joins probe of mysterious seal deaths

  1. Franky says:

    Noise under the water could have killed them if It was loud enough


  2. mandy says:

    Hi Alvin,
    I came upon this while checking my email on yahoo: http://news.yahoo.com/video/oddnews-22772304/odd-news-whale-in-field-ranch-chug-bikini-parade-26839206.html

    A 33 foot whale that somehow beached itself in a grassy field 800 yards from the coastline- possibly due to an equinox tide. I immediately thought of Extinction Protocol… have there been other occurrences like this that you’ve heard of?



  3. radiogirl says:

    It is heart breaking to lose our beloved animals before their time.


  4. MIKR says:

    I will be surprised if we ever hear the truth of any anaylitical study or forensics into this story..it really is just too messy for them..MSM..
    I love all the different currnt events ‘here’
    And all the different ‘replies’ sometimes lmao
    God bless all tonight


  5. maria805 says:

    How come they don’t test the animals??? Like an autopsy find out why??? How?? it died??? Does anybody know how much$$$ it would cost??? Or would it be free???…
    have a blessed day
    MaRiA CoNcePciOn


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