StoryCorps to the rescue
Facilitators Sarah Geis and Elaine Davenport, along with Senior Coordinator Eliza Bettinger, enjoyed their day off by visiting Squibnocket Beach in Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard. They stumbled upon a sea lion in apparent distress. Concerned citizens that they are, they immediately called for help.
After over an hour of anxiously monitoring the sea lion’s condition, they received a call from a representative of the New England Aquarium, informing them that not only was their friend not in distress, he was not a sea lion.
Gray seals are common in Martha’s Vineyard, and they often come on the beach to play in the sand. What they thought was the anguished writhing of a dying sea lion turned out to be the playful wrigglings of a healthy, happy seal. Although Eliza, Sarah, and Elaine were somewhat embarrassed by their mistake, they were relieved to know he was ok.