End of Year Roundup: Rescue Seals

National Aquarium Animal Rescue released two rehabilitated seals back into the ocean this year!

Published December 13, 2018

The two seals—one nicknamed Marmalade, the other Lox—were the first to be rehabilitated at our new, state-of-the-art Animal Care and Rescue Center.

Marmalde

Marmalade, a male harbor seal, was found stranded in Ocean City, Maryland, last March. He was the first seal that we cared for in 2018. Our Animal Care team treated Marmalade for pneumonia, parasitic infections, wounds and seal pox during his time in rehabilitation. To combat these medical issues, our team first ensured that Marmalade was eating consistently, then treated his wounds and seal pox with antibiotics. His health began to show great improvements throughout the month of April.

After a few months in rehabilitation, Marmalade cleared his exit exams! Marmalade was released in June near the area where he was rescued in Ocean City, Maryland—with a crowd on-hand to witness his return to the ocean.

Marmalade's release

Shortly after Marmalade was admitted, a male grey seal, nicknamed Lox, was rescued from Assateague Island. When he was found, Lox was underweight, dehydrated and wounded in several areas. Our Animal Care staff made sure Lox was well-fed and treated his wounds and infections with pain medications and antibiotics to put him on the road to recovery.

Lox

In a short period of time, our team saw promising results from Lox’s rehabilitation. He was eating consistently and regularly interacting with enrichment items. In late May, after less than two months in rehabilitation, Lox was released from Delaware Seashore State Park—wasting no time making his way back into the ocean!

Lox release

We cannot thank our Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams enough for all of their hard work in 2018!

Stay tuned for more year-end rescue updates!

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