Mystic, Conn. (September 27, 2019) – The Blue Shutters Beach shoreline was lined with community supporters as Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team released three young harbor seals off the coast of Rhode Island.
The three seals – Poe, Twain and Rumi – were each initially rescued by Marine Mammals of Maine from different locations throughout the state. Poe, a female, and Twain, a male, were each considered to have been abandoned shortly after birth while Rumi, a female, was found in thin body condition and with a facial wound. Each seal was transferred to Mystic Aquarium’s on-site Animal Rescue Clinic in June to receive dedicated medical care.
For Poe and Twain, this involved around-the-clock care standard to abandonment cases; Rumi received routine care to increase her weight and also required treatment for her wound.
Following roughly three months of care at the clinic, each seal has recovered well and learned to hunt and eat fish independently; deeming each prepared for life at sea.
While the three harbor seals spent much time together in rehab and were ultimately released together, each will live a relatively solitary life – a normal behavior for the species – once settled.