Case Study: Seals Slashed in NY

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Seals found slashed in NY
     NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Three harbor seals have been viciously
slashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the Long Island coast over the past
few months, prompting a federal investigation into the matter, it was
announced Tuesday.
   The latest victim, a 6-month-old female, was rescued Monday, but her
chances for survival are slim.
   "We don't know if she's going to survive," said Kim Durham, staff
biologist for Okeanos, a non profit organization that runs the state's
Marine Mammal Stranded Program.
   "The two other animals died from infections, basically they died
from blood poisoning brought on by their wounds," she said.
   Harbor seals are small mammals, weighing between 40 and 50 pounds.
   Okeanos workers picked up the first slashed seal on Nov. 8. All three
were found at the eastern tip of Long Island, the latest near the Fire
Island lighthouse.
   "At this point we have no idea who did this or why," Durham said.
"These animals all federally protected," she added. "Technically it's
against the law to even feed them."
   The seals migrate to Long Island during the winter months and dozens
of them can be seen at low tide on clear days sunning themselves on the
   "Usually it's a pretty nice life," Durham said.
   Durham said the National Marine Fishery Service, the Department of
Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Coast Guard are all involved in
investigating the slashings.