Sad news today on the marine life front.

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine is reminding all dog owners to make sure they don't let their dogs interact with wildlife on the beach as a seal has just succumbed to injuries after a fight.

The folks over at the stranding center do some really great work rehabilitating all the many animals that wash up on shore injured or hurt. The animals wouldn't have the ability to return to their ocean homes if it weren't for the work that they do over at the MMSC. For a few months, they didn't have to worry about too much human intervention when it came to injured animals on the beach. Now that the weather's warming up, more and more people are heading out to the beach in their spare time. Also, they're not going alone. A lot of the time, they're bringing their pets with them.

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It's not uncommon to see families with dogs roaming the beaches this time of year before the official start of the season. Heck, I hit the beach with my two-year-old rescue pup all the time. What I don't do, though, is let her get out of my sight.

That's exactly what the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is asking of all dog owners today. They shared an unfortunate story to their Facebook page about a seal they rescued a few back that, apparently, was involved in some sort of violent encounter with a dog or a fox or some sort of canine. Unfortunately, they couldn't save the seal, so the young seal pup had to be humanely euthanized.

As a result, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is reminding all those who enjoy bringing their dogs to the beach to make sure you're remaining diligent while strolling up and down the coastline. Don't let your dog get too far away from you. If they encounter beached wildlife, it may not be too great of a situation for neither your beloved fur baby nor the creature he or she encounters.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center via Facebook
Marine Mammal Stranding Center via Facebook

Check out their post HERE and make sure you do your part in keeping both your fur baby and the wildlife safe.


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