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.


2 Responses to “Rescued, rehabbed and released”

  1. 1 SANDI May 22, 2010 at 10:02 am


    This was heartwarming. It would be nice if you include in the future a little more biography on the animal – how old, process of rehabilitating….

    I will check out his progress.

    Thanks again for including those of us “out here” who love the ocean and its creatures.


    • 2 National Aquarium May 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Be sure to check out our other posts about Hastings, filed under MARP. They should give you some more information about Hastings and his time at the Aqaurium.

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