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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tomorrow morning at Blue Shutters Beach, Jason and Flint go home

Mystic Aquarium's Animal Rescue Team Set to Release Two Seals
Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team

Taken at an earlier Blue Shutters seal release (Photo by Will Collette) 
Mystic Aquarium is proud to announce the release of two seals, Jasper and Flint. They will be released at Charlestown’s Blue Shutters Beach, East Beach Rd.

The release will take place at approximately 9:00 AM, Thursday, June 2, 2016. The public is invited to see these two healed and well sea critters return to their natural habitat.

Jasper is a male harp seal that was rescued in Falmouth, ME on March 8, 2016. He weighed 95 pounds upon arrival to the Animal Rescue Clinic and was severely dehydrated and suffering from pneumonia.

Now, the approximately 1-2 year old harp seal has fully recovered; weighing in at more than 105 pounds.

Flint is a male gray seal that was rescued on Matinicus Island, ME on February 28, 2016. He weighed 46 pounds upon rescue and had pneumonia along with several wounds.

Now fully recovered, the approximately 3-4 month old gray seal weighs more than 60 pounds.
Please join us on the beach to celebrate Jasper and Flint’s return to their ocean environment.

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 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.