We are more than just an Aquarium. Through the efforts of our Animal Rescue Clinic, we provide care, hope and a safe haven for stranded marine animals. On any given day, you can peek in to our Clinic for a glimpse at the hard work and dedicated care that goes in to rehabilitating stranded seals. Each animal admitted to our Clinic receives specialized care with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their ocean environment.
You’ll see a collection of holding areas that are specially designed for each stage of the rehabilitation process. From their initial admission date to the final days leading up to release, our Animal Rescue Team ensures each seal meets vital milestones throughout their rehabilitation process. So whenever you see a seal swimming or lounging in the largest open pool, know that there may be a seal release in the near future!
Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic has been rescuing marine animals along 1,000 miles of the Northeastern coastline since 1975. Working closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries and other government agencies, the Animal Rescue Team responds to an average of 30 stranding calls each year while also providing support to other stranding facilities in New England and even as far as California.
Rescuing and rehabilitating stranded marine animals is no small feat and wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of community members like you.
Please consider making a donation to our Animal Rescue Program today to help save lives tomorrow then join our mailing list to be notified of future seal releases!
Please join us for a FREE 2-hour training! First responders are vital to Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program. The initial response helps us determine the status of an animal and helps us prepare for action when necessary.