Many harbor seals washed up along Georgetown’s shores in 2018, the victims of an outbreak of phocine distemper. In 2019, there has been an unusually high number of stranded Arctic harp seals. They appear dehydrated, perhaps due to below average snowfall along the coast.

If you find a stranded seal, please keep yourself and others at least 150 feet away and call the Marine Mammal Reporting Hotline at 1-800-552-9551 as soon as you can.

The Marine Mammal rehabilitation center is located in Harpswell. They have a network of trained local volunteers, and respond quickly.