6 sick seals rescued near Riverhead

Wildlife rescuers say six injured or ill harbor seals have been rescued near Riverhead in the last three weeks.

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research takes in the animals, examines them and helps treat their infections and illnesses. Foundation Director Rob DiGiovanni says the seals he has seen recently appear to have usual illnesses and injuries, but they have shown up on Long Island's coast earlier than normal.

The foundation treats about 100 seals a year and the animals usually turn up in March or April. Researchers say an increase in the seal population may be the reason for the animals' early arrival.

For extended interview with DiGiovanni, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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