Five seals released back to the wild.

Granite Point – Biddeford, Maine

The University of New England’s Marine Rehabilitation Center released five seals at Granite Point in Biddeford on March 30th. There were some 50-60 onlookers and well wishers as the seals returned home to the icy cold ocean. Skies were blue and winds were light as the UNE team prepared the seals for release. The seals were released in two groups with one seal a little hesitant to head back to the ocean. In time he went and all five headed out to sea.

The UNE MRC is a great program that takes in abandoned, injured, and sick seals found along the New England coast and then nurses them back to health before releasing them into the wild. Seals are not the only guests at UNE’s Marine Center as it currently also houses some 8 sea turtles.

For me it was the first time I had watched a seal release. The number of people surprised me. It was nice to see many young faces in the crowd as hopefully they can learn to appreciate nature at a young age and carry that into adulthood. The local news media was also around. I took a position off a ways in hopes of getting the seals coming into the water and thus being able to get their faces in a natural environment. I am happy with the results and plan on attending other releases in the future.

Links……

More of my seal shots look in March 30th, 2008 folder:
http://public.fotki.com/lwa11/2008/march-2008/

Seal bios of released on the 30th of March: http://www.une.edu/cas/msc/bio5.asp

UNE MRC: http://www.une.edu/cas/msc/

Five seals released back to the wild.

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