Gray Seal


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Gray Seal

The Riverhead Foundation Marine Research and Preservation (RFMRP) rescued Bubba, a young male gray seal, on March 12, 2008. He was found just west of Peter's Pond Lane in Sagaponack, New York. During the initial physical, the animal husbandry team of the RFMRP discovered that the small seal was underweight, lethargic, and had a large wound on his hind flipper. He weighed 15 kg (33 pounds) and was 94 cm (3 feet) long. Bubba was treated with antibiotics for two weeks, and was eagerly eating eight pounds of fish each day.

After four weeks of rehabilitation, Bubba was released into Shinnecock Bay, in Hampton Bays, New York. At the time of his release, he weighed 22.4 kg (49 pounds), having gained 16 pounds during his rehabilitation, and was 99 cm (3.2 feet) long.

Special guests at Bubba's send off included students from the Riverhead Charter School, who are participating in a 10-week after school program offered by the Riverhead Foundation. Bubba is one of 575 seals released by the Riverhead Foundation.

Release Images and Information from Riverhead Foundation


Map of "39392's" travels.

More seal data is available in the current WhaleNet Listserv. Sort and go to FIND for "64664" entries beginning April 15, 2008.

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