Our newest rescue patient, nicknamed Edwin Hubble in line with our seal rescue naming theme of influential scientists, had quite the journey before landing at the Aquarium’s Animal Care and Rescue Center in Baltimore for long-term rehabilitation.
Edwin the seal’s journey to Charm City involved a coordinated effort between several rescue organizations up and down the East Coast and NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
Edwin the seal first popped up on the radar of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center when he stranded in Virginia Beach at the end of February. He was treated and tagged, then released back into the Atlantic in early March with help from The Nature Conservancy. Edwin then turned up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for a short period, then again in Hilton Head a few days later.
Experts monitoring Edwin hoped he would turn north on his own, but he was soon spotted again in St. Augustine, Florida—prompting rescuers into action.
Georgia Aquarium’s Dolphin Conservation Field Station worked with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and NOAA to rescue Edwin from the beach. SeaWorld Orlando cared for Edwin overnight before he was transported to North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine to rest and receive some fluids.
After a long journey, he finally arrived in Baltimore over the weekend.
Edwin is now undergoing a full range of diagnostic tests. He appears to be underweight, but has started eating fish since his arrival at our Animal Care and Rescue Center. Thankfully, Edwin doesn’t show any signs of serious injury or illness.
Animal Rescue is also caring for two rescued harp seals, nicknamed Marie Tharp and Sally Ride, that are doing well.
Stay tuned for more Animal Rescue updates!