…or seal huggers.
Mark Hodgdon was scuba diving around 1:30 pm when he found a stranded baby seal covered in bite marks.
“As I got a little [bit] closer, he just swam closer to me and jumped right up on my shoulder,” said Hodgdon.
…implying that the baby seal’s distress might have been more exhaustion than serious injury.
After Hodgdon and his fiancé (who was with him during this) got the seal to shore and called the New England Aquarium for assistance, when the Aquarium’s volunteer arrived, he refused to lift a finger to help the seal.
In fairness to the Aquarium, this is driven by our bunny hugger laws that make it a crime even to touch baby seals.
Touching the seal was a violation of the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the couple could face a $5,000 fine. Aquarium officials say even though their intentions were good, if you see a seal you should not approach it.
Anyone who thinks a seal is in distress is asked to call the US Coast Guard or emergency officials and stay nearby so it can be found.
This, on the heels of the Kennedy brothers’ rescue of a leatherback turtle that was tangled in a buoy line. Rescuing that member of an endangered species was a violation of the Endangered Species Act.
Remember: when the shark comes, and seconds count, the do-nothing authorities will be only hours away. And expect you to pay the vig if you lift a finger to intervene in the interim. It’s the law.