Tuesday, February 12, 2008
We here at Elm City Express refuse to play favorites with most things and that holds true for marine life.
To wit, we would like to share here that the harp seal that was stranded off Napatree Point in Watch Hill, RI on Jan. 16 was released Tuesday at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI, according to Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration.
We share this news with the same delight we had in sharing that Mystic is caring for a grey seal pup, pictured earlier here on Elm City Express.
The seal was treated at the institute for dehydration and an elevated white blood count, officials said in a statement.
During it's time at Mystic, the seal, which was estimated to be between 1 to 2 years old, received antibiotics and a "steady diet of fish," gaining weight during it's time in the seal rescue clinic, the statement said.
The harp seal is not commonly found in area waters. This species generally follows the ice floes further north in Canada and Iceland, the statement said.
Photo by: Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration.
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