Mystic, Conn. (October 5, 2017) – Just a couple of weeks after a triple seal release, Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program is at it again. Earlier this morning, Aquarium staff and volunteers released two harbor seal pups, Lavender and Bluebell, at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI.
Both pups were believed to have been abandoned shortly after birth and were rescued by Marine Mammals of Maine. Lavender, a female harbor seal, was rescued in Waldoboro, ME and was transferred to Mystic Aquarium for rehabilitation on May 18. Bluebell, a male harbor seal, was rescued in Scarborough, ME and arrived at Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic on August 3.
Following months of rehabilitation, the dynamic duo, now approximately 4 – 5 months old, were deemed healthy and prepared for life at sea.
To learn more about Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program or ways to support Mystic Aquarium’s mission to protect the ocean planet, visit MysticAquarium.org
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.
Adam Cilley | January 11th, 2018