NBCPhiladelphia.com - Ted Greenberg, John Marcucci
There have been 26 seal strandings in New Jersey since November, sources say. Fourteen of those strandings happened in February.
While it is not unusual for seals to get stranded this time of year, there are more than usual showing up on Jersey shore beaches, according to a spokeswoman for the Brigantine center.
The gray and harbor seals found on the beaches are malnourished and have parasites, sources say. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is housing 11 seals right now -- making the center two-thirds full.
Many are suffering from respiratory infections and parasites, officials say.
The reason for the increased number of seals stranded is still unknown but officials at the center believe that global warning could be playing a role in the harp seals becoming stranded.
Folks at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center are asking for the public's help to cover some of the costs (food, medicine, etc.) for caring for the seals. Anyone who wants to help can help "Adopt-a-Seal" by clicking here.
Also, they put out a PSA (which you can see here first) to help educate the public about what to do if they see a seal on the beach -- the tips include calling the center ASAP at (609) 266-0538 and staying at least 50 feet away from the animal.
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