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article imageLocal Hatchery Turn All-You-Can-Eat Buffet for Harbour Seal

By Nikki Weingartner     Jan 9, 2009 in Environment
After making her way into a fish hatchery miles from the area boardwalk, a young harbour seal in Sandwich, Massachusetts found herself at meal fit for a queen. She was captured, tagged and released back into the wild but may be a bit rounder.
It is unlikely that breaking and entering will go on this young girl's record but local authorities in Sandwich, Massachusetts have unanswered questions following this week's escapade involving a young female harbour seal and a whole lot of fish.
It isn't clear how the seal landed her salty self in the fresh water hatchery located about two miles from where she would have likely entered but what is clear is that she made the most of her resources, and then some.
According to the
She had to travel about two miles from the area of the Sandwich Boardwalk on Cape Cod Bay, follow a creek that passes under a mini-golf course and Route 6A and runs through a wooded area skirting the fish hatchery, before somehow making her way to the hatchery lagoons.
The rather full-looking gal was found swimming in a lagoon full of 4 pound trout at around 7 a.m. local time during normal rounds. Barking at those who came too close, it was no surprise that rescuers adorned heavy equipment to help prevent a nasty encounter as seals are cute but will bite.
Using a net and a towel, stranding experts pulled her from the lagoon and gave her a once over for any injuries. She was said to have some minor scrapes, but nothing serious. She was placed in a large animal carrier, tagged (should she make her way back to the hatchery) and released about 20 miles from the hatchery.
It was said that she probably "wouldn't have to eat for a few days."
*Please note that the embedded video report states the seal is a male and the report states that stranding experts determined it was a female.
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