Animal Rescue Update: Sally Ride’s Release!

National Aquarium Animal Rescue recently released rehabilitated harp seal Sally Ride back into the Atlantic Ocean!

Published April 30, 2019

Early in the morning on April 25, National Aquarium Animal Rescue departed from the Animal Care and Rescue Center with rehabilitated harp seal Sally Ride in tow. Around 10:30 am, the team brought Sally—safe in her carrier—onto the beach at 40th Street in Ocean City, Maryland.

Sally Ride on the beach

While a crowd of more than 300 onlookers watched excitedly, team members placed Sally’s carrier on the beach. Once Aquarium staff pulled the door open, she was off to the races. Sally quickly shuffled down the beach and into the water, with the crowd cheering her on.

National Aquarium staff watches as Sally makes her way to the water!

Sally was originally rescued back in February after stranding on the shores of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She was taken to the Animal Care and Rescue Center in critical condition, displaying signs of dehydration and a seal lice infestation.

Sally Ride on the beach

Animal Health immediately got to work on Sally, treating her with antibiotics and IV fluids. She quickly improved and began showing interest in food. Soon, Sally began to share a rehabilitation suite with fellow harp seal Marie Tharp, then grey seal Edwin Hubble after Marie’s release. By the end of her rehabilitation journey, Sally was eating three times per day and weighed in at over 90 pounds!

With Sally returning to the waters of the Atlantic, two grey seals remain in our care: Edwin Hubble and George Washington Carver. Both are doing well and are slowly eating more and more each week.

Stay tuned for more Animal Rescue updates!

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