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Friday, October 28, 2016

Three new inhabitants of Charlestown's coastal waters

The Animal Rescue Team Released Three More Pups Abandoned at Birth

Photos courtesy of the Mystic Aquarium
Another successful Mystic Aquarium seal release took place Thursday morning at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI as three young harbor seal pups returned to their ocean environment. This brings the Animal Rescue Team’s release numbers for the 2016 season to a remarkable 20 seal count.

Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team released Potch, Topaz and Crystal, all named for this year’s theme of minerals and rocks, following four to six months of rehabilitation, respectively. 

Potch and Topaz were rescued by the Marine Mammals of Maine along the coast of Maine while Crystal was rescued by Mystic Aquarium’s First Responders in North Kingstown, RI. All pups were abandoned shortly after birth.

Deemed healthy and prepared for life at sea, the pups made a quick dash to the water’s edge before wading in the shallow and calm surf.

Rescuing and rehabilitating stranded marine animals is no small feat and wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of community members. 

Please consider joining our social media campaign #FeelGood50, where Mystic Aquarium highlights the work of our staff – from animal care professionals to technicians and educators – where followers are invited to help forward the Aquarium’s works in conservation, education and research.

The hashtag was created in hopes of securing $50 donations from as many of Mystic Aquarium’s over 150,000 social media friends, followers and fans. 

Plus, there is an added benefit to #FeelGood50! Researchers from the University of British Colombia, Simon Fraser University and Harvard University found a positive relationship between charitable giving and happiness. 

“While the ultimate goal is to raise funds to support our core mission including animal welfare,” said Social Media Manager, Adam Cilley, “the content will also provide our guests, friends and followers the opportunity to learn about the overall operation of Mystic Aquarium and our dedicated staff.”