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Following Care at Mystic Aquarium, Private RI Beach Provides Seal with a Safe Return to Sea

Mystic, Conn. (August 30, 2018) – Earlier this morning, Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program released a young gray seal named Jekyll. With heavy beach traffic a concern for the safety of the newly recovered seal, the Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team selected a secluded beach in Rhode Island for Jekyll’s private return to the ocean.

Rescued in Barnstable, MA by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Jekyll was found with significant wounds on his face and near his rear flipper. He arrived at the Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic in early April where the veterinary team determined his rear flipper was in the early stages of infection. It was ultimately decided that a partial digit amputation was the best course of action to improve Jekyll’s health.

Following a successful surgery and a few months of rehabilitation, the roughly 6-7 month old gray seal was deemed healthy and strong enough to return to his ocean environment. Weighing about 75 lbs. on release day, Jekyll was escorted to the water’s edge by the caring and dedicated Aquarium team who helped him through his rehabilitation journey.

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

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