This morning, Avery and I got to experience something new and incredible! We got to watch as rehabilitated Harbor Seal, Luna, was released back into the wild!
We arrived at Blue Shutters Beach just in time! Luna had arrived, and they were just waiting on her veterinarians before releasing her. We had a chance to hear a bit of her story, and learn a little about Harbor Seals, while getting some cute photos!
From the Mystic Aquarium Rescue Team:
Luna is an approximately 1-year-old female harbor seal rescued from South Thomaston, ME, on May 21, 2014 by the Marine Mammals of Maine. She was determined to be an abandoned pup about 2-3 days old when rescued. During her rehabilitation, she was treated for dehydration and persistent corneal problems in both eyes. Almost a year later we are proud to say that she has healed well and is finally ready for release!! She weighed 21 lbs. when admitted and now weighs more than 68 lbs.!
The team brought Luna down to the beach, where we heard a bit more about her story.
She had a bit of trouble getting past the waves, but eventually she made it…
And popped her head up as if to say “Goodbye, and thank you!!”
Avery was a little sad to watch Luna go, but after a bit of explanation she was happy to know that Luna was heading back home to her family and friends! Thank you to Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team for all the do to help these animals! I’m so happy that we live close enough to experience these events, and to visit the Aquarium often!
For more information about Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team, and to learn what to do if you encounter a stranded or injured animal click HERE
If you live in the area and would like to know when these incredible experiences will take place, click HERE to join the mailing list (select “I want to be notified of seal releases”)