Virginia Aquarium welcomes rehabilitated seal

Photo credit: Virginia Aquarium

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A harbor seal has a new home in Virginia Beach.

The Virginia Aquarium says the young male seal had cuts on its neck and puncture wounds on its back when it stranded in New Jersey on Valentine’s Day. A stranding center in New Jersey rehabilitated the seal. He arrived at the Virginia Aquarium this Wednesday.

“We are so happy to give this little seal a home,” said Rachel Metz, Director of Live Exhibits at the Virginia Aquarium. “When we learned about his story, we knew that we had the facilities and room to help him, and that he would be an excellent ambassador for the work that our conservation department and stranding team does daily. As you may know, one of our elderly seals passed away this spring, and this new addition to our seal family will bring added enrichment to our existing four seals.”

The seal will remain in quarantine for about a month, then the Aquarium plans to hold a welcome home party.

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