"Snuffy"
Harp Seal

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"Snuffy"

Tag Number: 65801

Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team Releases
"Snuffleupagus" the harp seal

Virginia Beach, VA - The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team released a young rehabilitated male harp seal, (Pagophilus groenlandica), dubbed "Snuffleupagus" on March 31, 2009 from First Landing State Park in Virginia.

"Snuffie" initially stranded March 1 in Sandbridge with a broken jaw. He recovered and after being treated with pain medication and nutritional support he was quickly able to eat on his own. Snuffleupagus will join the ranks of Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response history as the fourth harp seal to be released from the shores of Virginia. Because of this, he, like the others, was outfitted with a transmitter. This transmitter was generously donated by the Kellam family. The tag will enable the team and other scientists to track Snuffie's movements after the release and gather important information regarding the habits and movements of this pinniped population.

The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program mission is to promote the conservation of marine animal species through stranding response, research, rehabilitation and education. It is largely a volunteer-based group operating from the Aquarium Marine Animal Care Center in Virginia Beach. The program is supported through the Virginia Aquarium Foundation by donations from the community, businesses and grants-making organizations.


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Map of "Snuffy's" travels.

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