Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program Helps Young Pups Abandoned at Birth
Mystic, Conn. (September 13, 2016) – This morning, Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI welcomed over 200 people with sun, surf, and a few special guests.
Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team released half a dozen harbor seal pups back to their ocean environment. As part of Aquarium Animal Rescue Team tradition, the six pups were named for this year’s theme of minerals and rocks: Jett, Amethyst, Quartz, Obsidian, Amber and Sapphire.
The six pups were found along various coastal areas in Maine and were considered to have been abandoned shortly after birth, which is not uncommon in the harbor seal population. They were each rescued by Marine Mammals of Maine and were then transferred to Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic between April 25 and May 31 for care.
Deemed healthy and prepared for life at sea, the pups took their time exploring the new surroundings before slowly making their way to the ocean for the first time.
About Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program
Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program supports animals in need and educates the public about the marine environment and its inhabitants. The public is encouraged to call the aquarium’s 24-hour hotline at 860.572.5955 ext. 107 if they encounter a marine mammal or sea turtle in Conn., R.I. or Fishers Island, N.Y. Mystic Aquarium is a founding member of the Northeast Region Stranding Network. This network in comprised of organizations along the eastern sea coast which have facilities and trained staff to care for sick and injured animals. Marine Mammals are protected species, so only groups and facilities authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service are permitted to handle these animals.
About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.