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Baby seals take to beaches near Nome in absence of sea ice

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  • Updated: April 29, 2016
  • Published July 3, 2014

Sea ice near Nome went out earlier than normal this year, and with that many seal pups have been spotted in the region.

According to KNOM -- which has a picture of one of the pups -- with no sea ice to sunbathe on, the weaned seal pups instead turn to the warm beaches, grow their adult fur and shed their white juvenile coat.

Because of the abundance of animals, wildlife managers are asking people to stay away from the seals and not attempt to put them back in the water.

Since 2011, wildlife officials have been monitoring seal pups that come ashore. So far, the 20 or seals that have been spotted are all reported healthy

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