At 9 AM, the Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue Team, brought Valentine, an 85 pound male harp seal who is between 1 and 2 years old, to the state beach at the Charlestown Breachway for release back into the wild.
About 30 humans came out for the event in a dreary fog and stood on the ever-shortening beach as the tide rolled in.
Valentine was anxious to get out, pawing at the bars of his kennel cage, and with the briefest of preliminary remarks, the staff freed him to make the waddle down the short stretch of beach to the water.
Valentine was clearly ready to go home, and made a beeline for the water, although he did pause for a brief curtain call.
It's a wonderful thing the folks at Mystic Aquarium do and it's great that they do their releases of the wild creatures they save and heal in our waters.
For more information about the Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue Program, click here.