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Oiled Northern Fur Seal Captured, Eliason Harbor, Sitka, AK

Eliason Harbor, Sitka, AK | 2023-Feb-08

Initial Notification: On 26-Jan-2023, a northern fur seal was observed swimming in Eliason Harbor in Sitka, Alaska and reported to the NMFS Marine Mammal Stranding network. On 30-Jan-2023 the seal was observed swimming in sheen, was captured and then shipped to the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward, Alaska. NOAA SSC was requested by NMFS to facilitate the collection and analysis of an oil sample from the seal.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:oil sheen
Total amount at risk of spill: unk gallons
Latitude (approximate): 57° 3.46′ North
Longitude (approximate): 135° 21.19′ West