Last Rescue Seal Release of the Season for National Aquarium


Eyegore, a rescued grey seal and National Aquarium’s last seal patient of the season, is ready to return home following two and a half months of rehabilitation with the Aquarium’s Animal Rescue team. Eyegore was admitted on Thursday, April 18 to National Aquarium for a respiratory infection, a severe eye infection and alopecia. After being stabilized at the Virginia Aquarium for about one month, he was transferred to National Aquarium for long-term rehabilitation. Eyegore’s infections have cleared and his hair has almost completely regrown. While his eye infection has cleared, he has permanent corneal scarring of the left eye that is a result of the previous infection and he is likely blind in his left eye. Despite blindness in the left eye, Eyegore has a strong personality and appetite and is now cleared for release.

Friday, July 5, 2013
8:45 a.m.

Assateague State Park
(North end of Day Use beach)
7307 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin, MD 21811

Since 1991, National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue program has been responsible for responding to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles along the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) Peninsula, primarily along the nearly 4,360 miles of Maryland coast. The team has successfully rescued, treated, and returned nearly 100 animals to their natural habitats. National Aquarium’s Animal Rescue program is a member of the Northeast Stranding Network (NERS) through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). National Aquarium is one facility among a network of nationally recognized facilities that work cooperatively to respond to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles.

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