Last week, Hastings, a rescued harbor seal, was successfully returned to sea! With thousands watching—on the beach and through live coverage on WMAR-TV (Ch 2. in Baltimore) —Hastings made his way back to his ocean home on Thursday, May 13. He had spent four months under the care of our Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) to recover from a wound under his front flipper and some other medical conditions. Watch a video of the release:
Hastings was the 83rd animal released by the National Aquarium. He was fitted with a satellite tracking tag so we can track and monitor his progress, and help scientists understand the migration and feeding patterns of these animals. As of today he was in the Delaware Bay, headed North! Check it out!
MARP has nursed many stranded marine animals back to health, caring for them around the clock to get them back on their flippers or fins. But these animals need your help. Food, medicine and equipment can cost up to $200 per day for one animal. Simply stated, your gift will enable us to keep providing life saving medical treatment to some of the world’s most treasured animals, just like Hastings! Click here to donate today.
Every Sea Turtle Counts. After a year-long rehabilitation, the National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) has returned a now-healthy loggerhead sea turtle to its ocean habitat! Over 500 people gathered on the beach at Assateague State Park for the release and watched in anticipation as the turtle swam through the waves, and returned to sea! Here is the video:
As you have just heard, to the National Aquarium, investing time and resources to healing one individual sea turtle is important because there are only seven living species of sea turtles globally, and all of them are either endangered or threatened. When this loggerhead came to us it was unlikely to survive much less continue to propagate its species. Now that it is healthy, we have every reason to believe that it will be successful in its natural environment.
Click here to track the turtle’s travels online! The Aquarium fitted it with a satellite tag, funded by the Shared Earth Foundation, which is transmitting information about its location and speed. As of yesterday the turtle has traveled 46 miles and is heading south to warmer waters!
The Aquarium is committed to protecting and rehabilitating sea turtles and needs public support to continue this important work. The MARP program is funded solely by grants and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of just one marine animal can cost the program up to $50,000. Donations can be made via mail or on the Aquarium’s website at http://www.aqua.org/makeadifference/marp.html.