Rescued Harbor Seal Ready for Release


Sodapop, a rescued male harbor seal named after a famous 80’s movie, is ready to return home following three months of rehabilitation and recovery at the National Aquarium rehabilitation facilities! On February 15, 2013, Sodapop came to National Aquarium emaciated, with a severe respiratory infection, and cuts and scrapes on his face and hips. While in rehabilitation, Sodapop eagerly ate nearly 8 pounds of fish per day and received oral antibiotics twice a day to treat the respiratory infection. Although he was underweight when arrived, he has grown to a healthy 53 pounds.

Thursday, May 23
11:00 a.m.

Assateague State Park
7307 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin, MD 21811
The release will take place on the north end of the Day Use beach.
Normal park entrance fees will apply for those who want to be present for the release.

Since 1991, National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue program has been responsible for responding to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles along the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) Peninsula, primarily along the nearly 7,000 miles of Maryland coast. The team has successfully rescued, treated, and returned nearly 100 animals to their natural habitats. National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue program is a member of the Northeast Stranding Network (NERS) through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). National Aquarium is one facility among a network of nationally recognized facilities that work cooperatively to respond to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles.

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