National Marine Life Center Releases Four Harbor Seal Pups in Sandwich

SANDWICH –Four Harbor Seal pups were released back into the water at Scusset Beach in Sandwich Thursday evening.

Three of the seals – “Rachel Carseal”, “Ralph Waldo Emerseal” and “Seally Ride” – were rescued in May as pups because they had been separated from their mothers.

During the course of their rehabilitation at the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay, the pups were taught how to swim and eat fish.

“These are individuals with whom we share our waters and our planet and they do play important roles in the ecosystem,” said Center Executive Director Kathy Zagzebski.

The fourth seal, “Emmy Rosseal”, was found in July stranded with a large shark bite.

Although her initial prognosis was guarded, Center officials said that she was a fighter and made great progress.

Zagzebski said that she enjoys watching the seals return to the water after being rehabilitated.

“It’s so gratifying to be a part of this and to see the interest in the community and the interest in these animals and the recognition that these animals and all the animals we care for are really important parts of the ocean, of the marine ecosystem and of our Cape Cod heritage,” said Zagzebski.

The National Marine Life Center is a non-profit marine animal hospital and science and education center.

Since opening their new hospital in October 2012, the Center has cared for 114 seals and 130 endangered sea turtles.

For more information and to donate, go to nmlc.org.

By JUSTIN SAUNDERS, CapeCod.com Newscenter

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