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Harp Seal

Satellite Tagging Observation Reports



Tag #40590

On March 3, 2004 a yearling female harp seal (SXPG0409) stranded in South Kingstown, RI. The animal arrived in good body condition with many shallow sand abrasions on flippers and face. Animal was mildly dehydrated and had a heavy parasite burden. The entry blood analyses revealed a moderate elevated white blood count. A single ingested rock passed without complication. The animal was robust, healthy, and ready for release on May 7, 2004 with satellite tag # 40590.

Tag #44857

On February 28, 2004 a yearling male harp seal (SYPG0406) stranded in South Kingstown, RI. Animal arrived in good body condition, but was severely dehydrated. Entry radiographs showed the animal had ingested a small number of rocks and a moderate amount of sand. The animal also had mild parasite burden. All foreign materials passed and the animal was healthy and ready for release on May 7, 2004 with satellite tag # 44857.

Tag #44859

On March 8, 2004 a yearling male harp seal (SYPG0411) stranded in Point Judith, RI. The animal arrived in good body condition with many shallow sand abrasions on flippers and face. Animal was mildly dehydrated, heavy parasite burden, severe diarrhea and mild fracture of the left mandible. The animal was robust, healthy, and ready for release on May 11, 2004 with satellite tag # 44859.

Tag #40591

On April 5, 2004 a yearling male hooded seal (CCSN-04-096Cc) from Cape Cod Stranding Network, MA. He was picked up in Fall River, MA and brought straight to Mystic Aquarium. Animal arrived in good body condition, but was moderately dehydrated. The animal also had mild parasite burden. The animal was healthy and ready for release on May 11, 2004 with satellite tag # 40591.

Tag # 40603
SxPg0307 is a yearling female harp seal that was found stranded at Misquamicut beach in Westerly, Rhode Island on March 16th 2003. Evaluation at Mystic Aquarium showed the animal to be in good body condition with some superficial wounds, an elevated white blood cell count and slightly elevated liver enzymes. She was treated with antibiotics and a dewormer. While at the aquarium, she ate very well and quickly gained weight and went from 27.5 kg (60.5 lbs) at arrivel to 63.9 kg (140.6 lbs) at release. She was released at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, Rhode Island on June 3, 2003.

Tag # 40604
03039 is a yearling female harp seal that stranded in New Jersey and was transferred up to the Mystic Aquarium on March 26, 2003. In addition to some minor injuries, she had a broken jaw for which she underwent surgery. She was put on antibiotics, a dewormer and a painkiller for her recovery. She doubled her weight during rehabilitation and went from 26.6 kg (58.5 lbs) at arrival to 50.2 kg (110.4 lbs) when she was released. She was released at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, Rhode Island on June 12, 2003.

Tag # 40605
SyPg0305 is a yearling male harp seal that stranded on Misquamicut Beach, Westerly, RI on March 8th 2003. Evaluation at Mystic Aquarium showed the animal to be slightly underweight (arrival weight 24.5 kg) with some superficial wounds. Radiographs showed a light load of rocks and sand in the stomach. The animals was treated with antibiotics and antiparasitics. He was released at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, Rhode Island on July 16 2003 weighing 64.2 kg.


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