Mystic, Conn. (October 27, 2016) – Another successful Mystic Aquarium seal release took place this morning at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI as three young harbor seal pups returned to their ocean environment. This brings the Animal Rescue Team’s release numbers for the 2016 season to a remarkable 20 seal count.
Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team released Potch, Topaz and Crystal, all named for this year’s theme of minerals and rocks, following four to six months of rehabilitation, respectively. Potch and Topaz were rescued by the Marine Mammals of Maine along the coast of Maine while Crystal was rescued by Mystic Aquarium’s First Responders in North Kingstown, RI. All pups were abandoned shortly after birth.
Deemed healthy and prepared for life at sea, the pups made a quick dash to the water’s edge before wading in the shallow and calm surf.
Rescuing and rehabilitating stranded marine animals is no small feat and wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of community members. Please consider joining our social media campaign #FeelGood50, where Mystic Aquarium highlights the work of our staff – from animal care professionals to technicians and educators – where followers are invited to help forward the Aquarium’s works in conservation, education and research.
The hashtag was created in hopes of securing $50 donations from as many of Mystic Aquarium’s over 150,000 social media friends, followers and fans. Plus, there is an added benefit to #FeelGood50! Researchers from the University of British Colombia, Simon Fraser University and Harvard University found a positive relationship between charitable giving and happiness.
“While the ultimate goal is to raise funds to support our core mission including animal welfare,” said Social Media Manager, Adam Cilley, “the content will also provide our guests, friends and followers the opportunity to learn about the overall operation of Mystic Aquarium and our dedicated staff.”
About Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program’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.
Stevi Bramich | March 9th, 2017