Virginia Beach, Virginia 2021-06-14 12:20:00 –
Virginia Beach (Wavy) — The latest seals at Virginia Aquarium have made a considerable trip to Virginia Beach.
The unnamed seal, a little over a year old, has already been rescued three times.
The first event happened in May 2020 when the citizens involved found him underwater. He was released after a few months of rehab, but had to be re-admitted to the National Marine Life Center (NMLC) in Bazaars Bay, Massachusetts two more times because of human and dog interaction and entanglement in fishing equipment. ..
He was eventually considered irreversible and was taken to the Virginia Aquarium. The Virginia Aquarium is currently in quarantine before joining the other seals in the aquarium, Hector and Ladder. Quarantine is a standard procedure before introducing a new animal.
“This is a great opportunity for young and stuck seals to start a new life,” said William “Chip” Harshaw, Vice President of Animal Care. “I also hope that he can use his story to explain the importance of keeping a safe distance from marine mammals along our beaches and coastlines.”
Seals begin behavioral training, but it is important to give them a name. The aquarium says it will hold a naming auction this week for people to bid on naming opportunities. The auction will run from June 15th to June 25th.
The aquarium encourages anyone who sees an animal stuck on the beach to call the Virginia Aquarium’s Stuck Response Team’s 24-hour hotline (757) 385-7575.
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