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Mystic Aquarium returns young gray seal to ocean

The 3-month-old seal was rescued in February

STONINGTON, Conn. — A young gray seal rescued and rehabilitated by Mystic Aquarium was returned to the sea on Tuesday. 

The seal, which is about 3 months old, was rescued from Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island on February 15. 

Mystic Aquarium released the pup back into the ocean at Blue Shutters Beach, near his original location. This release is Mystic Aquarium's first seal release of 2022.

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The animal was found minimally responsive and in very thin body condition and weighed just 30 pounds, officials said.

During its rehabilitation, the seal received antibiotics for an infection and fluids for dehydration. Over the last month in the Animal Rescue Program, he has more than doubled his weight; currently weighing in at over 60 pounds.

Officials said the seal has recovered well in rehabilitation and was ready to return to his ocean home.

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Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.

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