Alicia Sealverstone Released!

Ashley Stokes | NH Marine Mammal Rescue Manager

Today, Marine Mammal Rescue Team Assistant Sarah Toupin and I went down to National Marine Life Center (NMLC) in Buzzards Bay, MA to assist in the release of one of our weanling harbor seal rescues, back to the wild. Alicia Sealverstone (NMLC’s naming theme is “sealebrities” this year)  was released with another seal, who was rescued in Maine.

Alicia Sealverstone was rescued on September 2nd from Salisbury Beach State Reservation. She was battling a severe respiratory infection as well as parasites and malnutrition. Today she looked like a whole new seal! After passing their medical check, Alicia Sealverstone and Sealock Holmes were released at Scusset Beach in Sagamore, MA. Sealock was the first to scoot out of his kennel and into the ocean; Alicia was a little more reluctant. Onlookers were entertained watching Sealock wait in the surf for her to join him. Once in the water, they swam off, ready to explore the wild!

Thank you to all of our supporters and followers who share in the joy of this important work our team does everyday and a special thanks to our friends at NMLC for helping our animals who need rehabilitation!

Below is a before and after photo of Alicia Sealverstone, as well as a few photos from the release.

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Here is Alicia on the beach on September 2nd in Salisbury, MA; the afternoon she was rescued.

Here is Alicia on the beach on September 2nd in Salisbury, MA the afternoon she was rescued.

Here she is, 10 weeks later, looking like a different seal!

Here she is, 10 weeks later, looking like a different seal!

From front to back, Sealock Holmes, Seal Rogers Williams, and Alicia Sealverstone wait in their pool for their pre-release medical checkups (unfortunately Seal Rogers Williams didn't pass his medical exam, so stay tuned in upcoming weeks for his release once he overcomes his infection!)

From front to back, Sealock Holmes, Seal Rogers Williams, and Alicia Sealverstone wait in their pool for their pre-release medical checkups (unfortunately Seal Rogers Williams didn’t pass his medical exam, so stay tuned in upcoming weeks for his release once he overcomes his infection!)

Sealock Holmes (left) and Alicia Sealverstone (right) are loaded into the truck and ready to head to the beach.

Sealock Holmes (left) and Alicia Sealverstone (right) are loaded into the truck and ready to head to the beach.

Alicia Sealverstone looked ready and anxious for her big day!

Alicia Sealverstone looked ready and anxious for her big day!

Alicia arrives on the beach; just a few more minutes and she was a wild seal again!

Alicia arrives on the beach; just a few more minutes and she was a wild seal again!

Shortly after Sealock hit the water, Alicia decided it was her time to join him. She is the perfect example of a healthy 5 month old harbor seal!

Shortly after Sealock hit the water, Alicia decided it was her time to join him. She is the perfect example of a healthy 5 month old harbor seal!

 

After meeting up and sharing a very cute moment, Alicia Sealverstone and Sealock Holmes swam off.

After meeting up and sharing a very cute moment, Alicia Sealverstone and Sealock Holmes swam off.