How One Couple Helps Stranded Seals

By Lambeth Hochwald
Dec 5, 2019 8:30 AM ET

A pair of Outback owners joins forces with animal rescue organizations to bring stranded seals from the coastline back to the ocean.


David and Pam Brennan will never forget the first time they spotted a seal that seemed to be in distress. “One day we were walking on the shore near our house, and we saw a seal 400 feet away from us,” says David. That first seal sighting was in 2012 near the house in Brunswick, Maine, he shares with his wife, Pam, and two Labrador retrievers. “We were concerned (because) the tide went out and came back in, and the seal was still there.”

Their first call was to Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME), an organization that’s federally authorized to rescue stranded seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles. Soon, a volunteer was on the scene. While the seal turned out to be healthy and just resting, the experience inspired the Brennans to get involved.


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