Animal Rescue Update: Harp Seal Admitted

National Aquarium Animal Rescue is currently caring for a female harp seal nicknamed Marie Tharp.

Published February 07, 2019

Every rescue season, the National Aquarium chooses a naming theme for incoming rescue seals and turtles. For the 2018-2019 season, the naming theme for seals is influential scientists!

Marie Tharp the harp seal 

Marie Tharp was a cartographer who created the first scientific map of the Atlantic Ocean. Tharp’s discovery of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge—a 10,000-mile-long valley in the sea floor—showed that the ocean floor was spreading and creating new crust. This finding eventually lead to confirmation of continental drift—what we now call plate tectonics.

Marie the seal was originally found stranded on Maryland's coast last month and was transported to the Aquarium’s Animal Care and Rescue Center on Tuesday, January 29. Upon Marie’s arrival in Baltimore, our Animal Rescue and Animal Care and Welfare staff immediately conducted a full examination.

Marie displayed signs of dehydration and a mild respiratory infection. She’s currently receiving fluid therapy and antibiotics to treat these ailments. Marie isn’t eating on her own just yet, so our team is working diligently to help her learn this skill. Overall, Marie is making improvements and is trending in the right direction.

National Aquarium Animal Rescue is also currently caring for 34 rescued cold-stunned sea turtles: 30 Kemp’s ridleys, two loggerheads and two greens.

Stay tuned for more updates from our Animal Rescue team!

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