Harp Seal Returns To Ocean on Earth Day


MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) – A Harp seal is once again in the ocean on this Earth Day. Mica was rehabilitated for seven months at the Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue Clinic.

Mica weighed 53 lbs. when he arrived at Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Clinic. Having been found mildly dehydrated and with pneumonia, he received specialize care and rehabilitation.

Weighing in at more than 65 lbs., Mica’s return to the ocean on Earth Day was celebrated with the support of hundreds of community members and warm springtime weather.

Earth Day celebrations continued at Mystic Aquarium’s Party for the Planet as part of a global celebration that had a local twist. The Aquarium hosted activities raising awareness about conservation, sustainable living, and ways to make our planet a better place to live.

The party continues April 23 during Mystic Aquarium’s Party by the Coast. Conservation-minded community members are invited to join Aquarium staff and marine biologists at Bluff Point State Park in Groton to help clean the beach and look for Long Island Sound inhabitants. Get hands-on while helping to protect our local species, like the seals rescued by our Animal Rescue Team throughout the year. On Sunday, adults can assist with the Aquarium’s ongoing project to restore Dodge Paddock and Beal Reserve in Stonington during a seed planting event. Using the climate adaptive planting plan, this area will be better prepared for the future effects of our changing climate.

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