(WPRI) — Four young harbor seals made their way into the open ocean for the first time Friday after undergoing rehabilitation at Mystic Aquarium.
Members of the aquarium’s Animal Rescue team released the seals at a Rhode Island beach. All four were rescued by Marine Mammals of Maine and believed to have been abandoned by their mothers shortly after birth.
At the time of their release, all four seals were healthy, according to the aquarium, with most doubling their weight since arriving from Maine.
Sanibel was rescued in Boothbay, ME, at 10 days old and admitted to the aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic on May 22, weighing in at approximately 20 pounds.
Humphrey arrived at the aquarium that same day, having been rescued in Freeport, ME, at about 10 days old.
At only a week old, Maui was admitted to the clinic on May 16 after being rescued from Bremen, ME.
The final rescue, Catalina, was found in Wells, ME, at only a week old and was admitted to the aquarium’s rehab program on May 3.
If you encounter a marine mammal or sea turtle in need of assistance, you’re urged to call the Aquarium’s 24-hour hotline at 860-572-5955 ext. 107.