(Bethany Beach, Del) - A Gray Seal Pup has been rescued in Bethany Beach. Member of the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute rescued it Thursday, March 29, 2018. The baby seal, named Jelly Bean, is about 2.5 months old and was suffering from wounds and lacerations on the face, neck, and flipper.

A concerned member of the public alerted MERR to the seal this morning in front of Breakwater and stood by until MERR could arrive on the scene to assess the animal. Jelly Bean received initial care from MERR and was transported on board the Cape May/Lewes Ferry to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey, where it will receive veterinary care and rehabilitation. Jelly Bean will be joining Banshee, the gray seal pup that MERR rescued and sent there on St. Patrick's Day weekend.

MERR wants to remind people that if they see a seal on the beach, or other areas, to keep a mandatory distance of 150', keep dogs on a leash, and report the seal as soon as possible to MERR at 302-228-5029. Most seals are simply resting, but MERR will assess the animal and monitor it throughout the day to help educate the public about these animals and the need to keep a distance so the seal can get some much-needed rest. When needed, MERR will rescue the seal to take it for veterinary treatment.