January 24

Seal pup rescued in Maine is released

Carson, who is about 7 to 8 months old, goes back into the wild off the Rhode Island coast.

The Associated Press

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. – A harbor seal pup rescued in Maine last summer has been released back into the ocean on a beach in Rhode Island.

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Spectators watch as Carson, a female harbor seal pup rehabilitated at Mystic Aquarium, heads into the ocean water at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, R.I., on Friday.

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Carson, a female harbor seal pup rescued last summer off Kennebunkport, swims off Blue Shutters Beach after being released Friday in Charlestown, R.I.

The Associated Press/The Day, Sean D. Elliot

Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut released the female seal pup Carson on Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown on Friday.

Carson is estimated to be about 7 to 8 months old. She was rescued in Kennebunkport on June 10 and brought to Mystic Aquarium two days later. Rescuers believe she was just a few days old at the time.

The aquarium says she has fully recovered and adjusted from a formula to a fish diet, and now she is ready to live in the wild.

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