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Aug 26, 2016 11:06 AM

Young harbor seals washing up dead on NH beaches

SEACOAST— The sight of young, dead seals washed up on shore have been alarming those on the coast recently.

Members of the Seacoast Science Center's Mammal Rescue Team have responded to seven reports of dead seals in Hampton, North Hampton, Rye, and Seabrook in the past week, according to the Union Leader.

According to the Mammal Rescue Team though, death among young seals is common at this time of year because they have just weaned off their mother's support.

When seals are newly on their own, some aren't able to find food and develop illnesses like seal pox, eventually dying.

In addition to the harbor seals, two porpoises, a dolphin, and a whale have washed up on shore this summer.

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