Congratulations to Vice Chairman of the Board, Tom Mosey, who reached the summit of Kilimanjaro this week. Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world.
We can safely say that Mystic Aquarium is reaching new heights!
Also this week we had the first seal release of 2017. This seal was named Trey Flowers in honor of the New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers and his key role in helping the team win the Super Bowl.
Trey the seal performed well as she made her way out to sea. Trey the football player met and released his namesake seal, and enjoyed the whole experience. He even posted about it on Instagram, using the photo below, taken by his newest fan, Cheryl Miller.
We received some great media coverage which I share with you below:
Patriots’ Flowers helps release rehabbed Mystic seal named Trey – The Westerly Sun
Patriots’ Trey Flowers Helps Tackle Mystic Aquarium’s First Seal Release of the Year– WTNH Connecticut News (press release)
Trey Flowers releases Trey the Seal into the wild – Patriots.com
We also heard that the story reached the Tampa Bay, FL news area!
Over the years, Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program has helped the seal population of New England rebound. We are deeply committed to this mission and to aiding in helping marine mammals and cetaceans around the world.
To this end, Mystic Aquarium has joined with aquariums and zoos throughout the world to help rescue the endangered Vaquita population.
Vaquita are a small porpoise found in the Gulf of California in Baja California, Mexico. They are the most endangered cetaceans in the world. It is believed that only 30 Vaquitas remain, perhaps even less.
The Mexican government is launching a rescue plan to capture the remaining animals and to place them in protective pens where they will be able to breed and hopefully rebound in numbers. There are many reasons for the decimation of this beautiful species. Illegal and irresponsible fishing practices are among those reasons.
Vaquita are small – about 5′ long and 120 pounds – which makes them particularly vulnerable to being caught in fishing nets as the image below shows.
You can read more about the Vaquita at the World Wildlife Foundation link below
In collaboration with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Mystic Aquarium is providing financial and veterinary care assistance with this emergency rescue project. Together, we are hopeful that the Vaquita will survive as a species and rebound in numbers.
See you all soon!
Stevi Bramich | May 23rd, 2018