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Friday, June 3, 2016

Another rescued seal returns to the ocean from Charlestown’s beach

Mystic Aquarium program saves marine animals

Jasper at Blue Shutters Beach. Photo courtesy of Mystic Aquarium
After spending much of the spring recuperating at Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic, Jasper, a male harp seal that was rescued in Falmouth, ME on March 8, became the latest in a long-line of success stories as a result of the partnership between Marine Mammals of Maine and Mystic Aquarium.

Weighing in at a hardy 95 pounds upon arrival to the Animal Rescue Clinic, Jasper was still severely dehydrated and suffering from pneumonia.  

Following nearly three months of specialized care from Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team, the approximately 1-2 year old harp seal was fully recovered; weighing in at more than 105 pounds.

Jasper wasted no time dashing quickly to the shore and into the surf at Blue Shutter’s Beach in Charlestown, RI for a successful release.

About Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program

Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program supports animals in need and educates the public about the marine environment and its inhabitants. 

The public is encouraged to call the aquarium’s 24-hour hotline at 860.572.5955 ext. 107 if they encounter a marine mammal or sea turtle in Conn., R.I. or Fishers Island, N.Y.  

Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is a founding member of the Northeast Region Stranding Network. This network in comprised of organizations along the eastern sea coast which have facilities and trained staff to care for sick and injured animals. 

Marine Mammals are protected species, so only groups and facilities authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service are permitted to handle these animals.

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