MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) – Three harbor seal pups were released back into the ocean off Charleston, RI today by the Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Team. After months of dedicated care, Pyrite, Beryl and Ivory eventually made their way to the waters edge and into the surf.
The chilly ocean breeze and brisk fall morning didn’t stop a small group of hardy Aquarium supporters as they cheered on each harbor seal, 5-6 months old, on it’s journey back into the ocean. The seal pups were rescued by the Marine Mammals of Maine between May and August of this year before being transported to Mystic Aquarium.
Of the three pups, Ivory made a quick dash to the waters edge, while Pyrite and Beryl lingered on the beach before eventually diving into the surf. The Animal Rescue Team has now released 23 healthy seals in the 2016 season.