GLOUCHESTER, Mass. — Researchers think hundreds of seals that washed up on the east coast might have been sick with avian flu or distemper.
As of August 21, 250 of the animals were found dead on New England beaches.
They washed up in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
At least 80 others survived and are getting help from groups like the Harpswell Organization.
Lauren Lynda Doughty is its executive director. “At least were starting to get some results back, and then we can still continue the testing to see what’s the bigger picture. What does this mean?”
Doughty says grey and harbor seals tend to socialize on the same rock.
That means diseases can spread among them quickly.