Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HLQ0BZO7EO000977@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Wed, 11 Jan 1995 13:40:29 -0500 (EST) Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 13:43:36 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Case Study: Seals Slashed in NY To: WHALENET@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <950111134336.3f50@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 11-JAN-1995 11:31:26.80 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: Seals found slashed in NY Date: Wed, 11 Jan 1995 03:34:00 UTC Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: email@example.com Subject: Seals found slashed in NY X-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> 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 rocks. "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.