TCPalm: Local News
Plug the name of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution’s Greg Bossart into Google’s Internet search screen, and information about his work on dolphins, manatees and whales will pop up.
So Bossart, the director of marine mammal research and conservation, wasn’t surprised when he got a call from a biologist from the British Virgin Islands, asking for help with a beached animal. But he was surprised by the animal.
It seems a hooded seal — a marine mammal that lives on and around packed ice off the coast of Newfoundland — somehow found its way to the tiny island of Anegada in the Caribbean Sea.
“This is a very unusual occurrence,” Bossart said Friday. “They live on off-shore packed ice. They’re migratory, but the Caribbean is a little ridiculous.” (Thanks to Natalia Collier)