Posts Tagged 'seal release'

Animal Rescue Update: Eyegore Has Been Released!

Our last seal patient of the season, Eyegore, was successfully released this morning at Assateague State Park in Berlin, Maryland!

Eyegore was admitted to our Animal Care Center back in mid-April for respiratory and eye infections. He was also suffering from mild alopecia (hair loss). Although both infections cleared, he has permanent corneal scarring of the left eye (which has likely caused him to go partially blind). Aside from his vision problem, Eyegore’s healthy appetite and strong personality made him a great candidate for release!

Join us in wishing Eyegore the best of luck out in the big blue! 

Rescued Grey Seal, Ponyboy, Has Been Released!

Earlier today, National Aquarium Animal Rescue staff and volunteers released their 99th rehabilitated animal – a grey seal named Ponyboy!

national aquarium grey seal release

The release took place on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland and was open to the public! Below are some photos locals captured of Ponyboy’s release:

After coming to our Animal Care Center three months ago with a severe wound to his front flipper and a respiratory infection, Ponyboy was given a clean bill of health last week.

This is the second of three seals that our Animal Rescue team has rehabilitated this season. Another grey seal, is still currently undergoing treatment for a respiratory infection. After being stabilized at the Virginia Aquarium for about a month, he was transferred to the National Aquarium for long-term rehabilitation in late May.

In the coming weeks, our Animal Rescue team is excited to announce that they will be releasing their 100th rehabilitated animal!

Stay tuned for more details on this exciting milestone!

Rescued, rehabbed and released

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.

Rescued harbor seal is going home

Hastings strandingThis juvenile male harbor seal was stranded along the Atlantic coast of Maryland, in the town of Ocean City, on January 15, 2010. The Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) responded, and the seal was admitted to the National Aquarium for rehabilitation.

Upon admission, the seal was underweight, severely dehydrated, mildly emaciated, and medically compromised due to a wound behind the left front flipper. In addition to the wound, he was found to have an upper respiratory infection and a mild case of pneumonia at the time of being admitted for rehab.

The seal, called Hastings, was treated with antibiotics for several weeks, and his wound was treated every three days for two weeks. Hastings responded well to treatment and was soon interacting with enrichment devices, the animal equivalent of toys, and eagerly eating. While in rehab, Hastings gained nearly 20 pounds on a daily diet of herring and capelin. He is offered enrichment items to interact with, like frozen fishcicles and a holey bucket with fish inside, to encourage natural feeding behaviors.

Hastings

Tomorrow morning, a healthy Hastings will be returned to Ocean City for release back to his natural environment. The release is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., and will be broadcast live locally on WMAR-TV (Ch. 2).

Follow the Aquarium on Twitter (@NatlAquarium) for live tweets from the release, starting at 5 a.m. tomorrow.

Prior to release, MARP staff will affix a satellite transmitter to his fur, which will fall off when the seal molts (similar to when a dog sheds its fur). The transmitter will allow us to track and monitor the animal post-release, and will help scientists to understand the migration and feeding patterns of these animals.

Hamilton the seal returns to sea!

National Aquarium staff were joined by volunteers on land and the United States Coast Guard by sea at the Delaware DSC_2324Seashore State Park to release “Hamilton”, a harbor seal rehabilitated by the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP), into the ocean.  More pictures of Hamilton can be viewed on the Aquarium’s Flickr site!

The harbor seal originally stranded on the beaches of Bermuda in February. He  was severely underweight and dehydrated, and suffered from a monofilament line entanglement around the neck. Staff at the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo admitted the animal to their facility for rehabilitation, and were able to get the animal back on track to health by removing the monofilament line entanglement.

Seals are extremely uncommon in Bermuda, and this is only the 4th seal to be stranded in Bermuda since the 1870’s. Since the seal required long-term rehabilitation, the Bermuda Aquarium contacted the National Aquarium’s experienced Marine Animal Rescue Program, and thanks to a generous donation by Federal Express the seal was flown to Baltimore in March and admitted for full rehabilitation.

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