(WMBF/NBC News) – A wayward harbor seal set up camp on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Wednesday.
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources initially said the small harbor seal appeared to have a shark bite injury to its flipper.
A veterinarian and a Coastal Carolina University marine science professor arrived around 1 p.m. to look at the animal.
After examination, it was determined the seal was not injured.
“This seal may have a few superficial injuries – there’s a few areas – but it’s generally very healthy and it’s normal behavior for a seal – this is a harbor seal by the way – for seals to haul out for hours at a time every day so that’s what it is doing right now. It’s very mobile. It’s very alert,” said Rob Young, coordinator for the South Carolina Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
“Every now and then we get a call that there is a marine mammal. It’s not usually a seal, but we do get seals in Myrtle Beach most every winter,” Young said.