A seal rehabilitation center in the Netherlands has taken in more than a hundred seal pups that washed up along the coastline after recent storms. These weak and sick seals were likely stranded because of a lack of food, caused by overfishing. The more fishing we do, the less food there is for seals-and other animals-to eat.
Volunteers in the seal nursery--a large, temporary tent filled with bathtubs for the seals-are helping the pups recover by feeding them a “porridge” of ground herring and water and medication. Most of the seals will be healthy enough to be released into the Wadden Sea of North Sea in the next three months.
Photograph by Peter Dejong, AP