Harp Seal


Satellite Tagging

Gray Seal


The Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration released a male yearling harp seal on Friday, August 1, 2008, at 8:00am at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI.

This seal, numbered SYPg0809, was rescued on April 2, 1008 in Niantic, CT. While on the beach, he was lethargic and had raspy and congested respiratory sounds. Entry veterinary examination showed dehydration, severe pneumonia, and a rock impaction due to hundreds of rocks within his stomach. The seal was treated with fluids to resolve the dehydration and antibiotics to resolve the pneumonia. Due to the severity of his lungs, surgery to remove the rocks could not be immediately performed. To prevent rupture of his stomach, rock removal of 1/3 of the ingested rocks was accomplished through two endoscopy procedures in conjunction with the Westerly Hospital gastroenterology team. Once the seal's pneumonia had improved to where an anesthesia could be safely accomplished, surgery was performed to remove the remainder of the rocks. The surgery was successful and the animal has recovered without complication. At release the animal was currently in good body condition, eating well, and had normal bloodwork! He was fitted with a satellite transmitter prior to release so that his post-release movements can be monitored. The satellite tagging and monitoring will be done in collaboration with The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation (Riverhead, NY) and WhaleNet (http://whale.wheelock.edu/Welcome.html).

Rocks in the stomach

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 July 1, 2008.

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