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Hamilton the seal returns to sea!

Published July 09, 2009

National Aquarium staff were joined by volunteers on land and the United States Coast Guard by sea at the Delaware DSC_2324Seashore State Park to release "Hamilton", a harbor seal rehabilitated by the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP), into the ocean.  More pictures of Hamilton can be viewed on the Aquarium's Flickr site! The harbor seal originally stranded on the beaches of Bermuda in February. He  was severely underweight and dehydrated, and suffered from a monofilament line entanglement around the neck. Staff at the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo admitted the animal to their facility for rehabilitation, and were able to get the animal back on track to health by removing the monofilament line entanglement. Seals are extremely uncommon in Bermuda, and this is only the 4th seal to be stranded in Bermuda since the 1870’s. Since the seal required long-term rehabilitation, the Bermuda Aquarium contacted the National Aquarium’s experienced Marine Animal Rescue Program, and thanks to a generous donation by Federal Express the seal was flown to Baltimore in March and admitted for full rehabilitation. The Aquarium also accepts donations to MARP that help fund animal rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Help make a difference!

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