Our Rescued Harbor Seal is Ready for Release!

We have some great news from our Animal Rescue team! Sodapop, a male harbor seal (named after a famous 80s movie) that has been in rehab since February 15, is ready for release!

Sodapop after a couple of weeks in our Animal Care Center

Sodapop after a couple of weeks in our Animal Care Center

Upon admittance to rehab, Sodapop was emaciated, had a severe respiratory infection, and suffered cuts and scrapes to his face and hips. Sodapop was underweight at only 38 pounds when admitted, but now weighs a healthy 53 pounds.

While in rehab, Sodapop eagerly ate nearly 8 pounds of fish per day! He was on oral antibiotics twice a day to treat the respiratory infection, so staff had to hide the medication in the fish. Luckily, seals swallow their food whole, so it’s easy and stress free to get them their prescribed medications.

As you can see, Sodapop has filled out a bit in recent weeks!

As you can see, Sodapop has filled out a bit since his admittance to our facility!

We are busy planning the details for his release at this time. Want to get real-time, behind-the-scenes updates on Sodapop’s release? Follow our Stranding Coordinator @JennDittmar on Twitter!

Sodapop’s release is scheduled for this Thursday at Assateague State Park. If you’re in the area, join us on the beach for his release!

Stay tuned for more updates on Sodapop’s release! 

7 Responses to “Our Rescued Harbor Seal is Ready for Release!”


  1. 1 Katie May 21, 2013 at 10:10 am

    is the release a public event?

    • 2 National Aquarium May 21, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Hi Katie!

      Yes! Sodapop’s release is open to the public. It will be taking place Thursday at Assateague State Park!

  2. 3 stephanie wolf May 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Can you tell me if it is scheduled regardless of weather? And how long of an event will it be? Thank you!

  3. 4 jackie May 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Where exactly at Assateague will the release take place? Thanks – attending from Delaware. Jackie


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