Mystic, Conn. (January 11, 2018) – The new year has provided a new lease on life for a young harbor seal named Snap Dragon. The parking lot of Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI overflowed with community members who came out to celebrate Snap Dragon’s return to his ocean environment following his four month rehabilitation at Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic.
According to variations of human mythological beliefs, the snapdragon flower symbolizes graciousness and strength – qualities that had been ever-present in Snap Dragon since he arrived at the Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic for rehabilitation.
Snap Dragon was rescued in Chatham, MA by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and was transferred to the Aquarium’s Rescue Clinic on September 13, 2017 to receive care for a fractured flipper and multiple wounds. He also had several rocks in his stomach, something that is commonly found in many seal species.
Weighing approximately 37 pounds upon admit, Snap Dragon has gained roughly 8 pounds during his rehabilitation at Mystic Aquarium, making him a healthy 45 pound 8 month old at the time of his release.
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.