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.