Animal Rescue Clinic

Animal Rescue Clinic

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!

If you find a marine mammal or sea turtle:

If you find a marine mammal or sea turtle:
  • Call Mystic Aquarium’s 24-hour hotline: 860.572.5955 ext. 107
  • Do NOT touch the animal.
  • Give the animal plenty of space – crowding may cause it to stress out or act aggressively.
  • Keep pets away from the animal.
  • Do NOT pour water on the animal, feed it or attempt to help it in any way.
  • Be observant and note if the animal has any physical signs of injury or distress (such as eating sand).

2018 First Responder Training

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.

Learn about federal regulations that ensure the safety of these animals. You will also learn how to identify Connecticut and Rhode Island’s marine mammal and sea turtle species.

(MUST be 18 or older to attend)


Tuesday, September 25, 6-8pm – Audubon of RI 1401 Hope St Bristol, RI
Friday, October 5, 6-8pm – CT Audubon Society Coastal Center 1 Milford Point Rd Milford, CT
Tuesday, October 16, 6-8pm – Cross Mills Library 4417 Old Post Road Charlestown, RI
Saturday, October 20, 1-3pm – Town Hall Old Town Road Block Island, RI
Monday, October 22, 1-3pm – Branford Firehouse 45 North Main Street Branford, CT
Thursday, October 25, 6-8pm – Mystic Aquarium 55 Coogan Boulevard Mystic, CT
Thursday, December 13 6-8pm – Sachuest Point Visitor Center 769 Sachuest Point Road Middletown, RI

Register Here »