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Thank you!
11 years ago
Very inspirational!  I appreciate you sharing this story!
12 years ago

For anyone who hasn't seen my albums, please come check out the rescue clinic album:

117 photos, 8 albums »

12 years ago

We picked up another female Hooded seal that has an infection. We are treating her with antibiotics and her prognosis looks pretty good. She'll probably be with us for a month anyway.

Our male is still having some problems with his flipper. He is doing a little better and his blood work looks good, Hopefully he'll get the ok from the Governmnet to be released within two weeks. I'll post another update when I have more.

Kudos for all the good work done at MMR
12 years ago

Glad to hear the Baby is now enjoying Freedom after much needed TLC. And if you ever need another volunteer, let me know. I also offer Free acctg long as the place is cruelty-free.

Do unto others as...

Thanks from the Babies.

12 years ago
This Male hooded seal has been having a few problems with his flipper. His release tomorrow has been postponed. His release is pending his ability to use this flipper properly and when he is ready he'll go. I'll get a good update on his condition and post it as soon as I can. Peace friends.   Ty
12 years ago
Here is the one seal we have left in the Clinic. 
The male, juvenile, hooded seal that is in the center pool of the SRC (exercise pool) came in for rehab from a local yacht club in Stamford, CT on Aug 22. He had foreign bodies (sand and rocks), dehydration, and trauma to the right hind flipper. Initial blood work revealed an elevated white blood cell count, but was otherwise normal. The wound to the flipper had exposed and fractured digits that were diagnosed with radiographs. The foreign bodies and flipper wounds were closely monitored via weekly physical examinations and several radiographs. The foreign bodies passed through the intestinal tract with no complications. His initial weight was 53lbs and he is now at 103lbs. He continues to gain 3lbs per week at 9lbs of fish a day (after two diet cuts). The fractured bones are healing and the wound is almost completely closed over.
 We will have a final physical on Tuesday Oct 31. This will determine if he is in fact ready to be released on November 4. The pool that he is in will be drained late Monday afternoon for Tuesday morning physical.  
This has been the longest seal season in our history. The clinic use to close in June and not open again with an animal till December, January, or even late February. The last three years we have had harbor seal pups from June till September, after our winter seals are released. This year was the first with three hooded seals (artic animals) in August. We just got the last harbor seal pup out and two days later we got the hooded seals in a span of a week.
12 years ago
12 years ago
The last seal,  a male juvenile hooded seal, went into the exercise pool (center pool in Seal Rescue Clinic) this morning. We will do another physical on this animal on Tuesday Oct. 24 to see how his flipper is doing. His blood work has looked really good, even off medication. The animal is scheduled for a release on Nov 4 if all continues to go as well as it is going. I will try to get into the Clinic and  get a photo of this guy! I will be going to the release so I'll also try for some shots there.
12 years ago
12 years ago
 Sorry I haven't updated this thread in a while.CAUJA7EL october.jpg
This sweet female hooded seal was nursed back to health at our clinic. This is a shot of her as she was released Tuesday on a RI beach. Another success story!
13 years ago
Ty--I'm sorry she passed, but if they all lived to be released, those victories wouldn't be as sweet.
13 years ago

I regret to report that the baby gray passed away in the night. She was successfully operated on and Seemed to be ok. She made it two more days and just passed away in her sleep. I really hate this part of any rescue efforts but I guess they all are not meant to make it. I have been really busy but knowing I had to make this post has helped in my procrastination. I really hate having to be the bearer of bad news.

Please say a prayer or light a candle for this sweet little girl.   Thanks.   Ty 

13 years ago

Carla, I too have the headache problem. I hope yours has diminished. I enjoy keeping you updated. Thanks for the hugs. Right back at you!   Ty


13 years ago


Sorry it has been one of those head banging headache weeks.

thank you so much for keeping us up to date on this


Carla (dreamcatcher)

13 years ago
Thanks Rox. I can always count on you! Once again, you Rock!
13 years ago

Sending her love and prayers,Um praying she pulls through.

Thanks ty,your doing great work.

13 years ago
I just recieved an update on this gray. She will be going into surgery to remove a piece of bone sticking out of her rear flipper. She will lose one toe but this has been done before with seals that have recovered and been released. The tissue around the bone is deteriorated and there is little choice here. It is always a risk with putting a marine mammal under for surgery but her chances without it are slim. Please send postitive vibes or prayer. I'lll keep you updated as I get more info.  Ty
New gray seal
13 years ago

On Sunday night we recieve a call from Little Compton RI. We brought in a female gray seal pup who had a gash on her rear flipper. She wasn't using her left front flipper and was tucking it against her body.She also has balds spots and was passing a tape worm when we got here to the clinic. She is in the critical care unit and is being treated for her wound, and worms. We will be monitoring her blood and giving her antibiotics accordingly.  She is weak but stable. Lets hope she'll be ok. Here is a photo sent to me by the clinic.

Baby gray May 12th

13 years ago

Your work is such an inspiration to all of us!

Keep it up!!!

13 years ago
Unfortunately, I had to remove some posts here. I hope eveyone understands. I will continue to give you the low down here in my own words. I posted stuff that I feel was not my right to post. Totally my fault. I will be more selective in my choice of photos and my wording. Once again, I apoligize. No more deletions.
Good question
13 years ago
But I don't think I'll go there
13 years ago
That is so cute, a little weird, but cute. You think they'll make little mermaids?
13 years ago
so sad about the poor dolphin. Carol, that's about all I can say too! That story was pretty funny.
That's very, very sad
13 years ago
Sorry to hear that that poor guy didn't make it. Dolphins are my weakness, that would tear me up. Here's a quirky story to lighten the mood after a downer like that; just for fun. All I can say is, Alrightee Then!,7340,L-3191923,00.html
13 years ago

 I recieved my email update from the stranding assistant concerning the Atlantic White-sided Dolphin. The news was not good.
  Starting at about 8:30 in the morning this male juvenile dolphin was sighted   This time the animal was found by the bridge that connects Westerly and Pawcatuck so that both sides of the river were full of people plus the bridge itself there were even more onlookers.  
he looked health and appeared to be simply hunting at that point. We wanted to give him a chance to return to the open ocean so we left him in the river. A large part of what we do is about education, and it was a perfect time to teach others about the laws protecting these animals, along with explaining what are plans were. Later in the day the dolphin stranded himself in shallow water and brush. The team implimented a rescue and the animal was brought into the clinic.
His blood looked good but he had indications that he had an infection. A short time later he died. We have to do more tests to determine why he died but right now we think it was a combination of things.

 I will include a shot of this guy while he was still cruising the river. Not all the rescues end with releases. Light those candles tonight guys.  Ty


13 years ago

Annette, There are a number of rescue teams on the west coast and one in Texas. I think all of them have rescue volunteers. Here are some links. Galveston, Corpus Christi, TX  Cresent City, CA  Fort MacArthur, CA     El Segundo, CA  El Segundo, CA

13 years ago
Hey Ty--is there somewhere on the West coast, where  your co-workers teach rescue to volunteers?  I know I'm in AZ, but if I can ever lend a pair of hands...
13 years ago

I Just recieved a call that there is a Atlantic Whitesided Dolphin in one of our local rivers. Although they do not usually enter estuaries, this one appears healthy and actually came up to the dock and let people pet it! This is not really normal behavior but he seems to be just hunting fish and hanging out. The river has a big school of herring and we think this might be what drew him in. We will see if he stays in the river and reassess his needs again tomorrow. As long as he stays out of harms way we will probably leave him be. He apparently has been hanging out since yesterday morning. I will see if we have pictures and try to post them later. I'm off to my first Beluga training class! More late tonight or tomorrow morning.

13 years ago
This is a great thread!  Ty, thanks for the explanation about how rescues are accomplished and for the terrific pictures and updates! 
That is so great!!!!
13 years ago
I checked out the website and looked at all the pictures and the video. The porpoise is a cute little guy and the seals are so adorable!! I just love them.
Last update on Porpoise
13 years ago

This morning(the 12th) a chest radiograph (x-ray) was taken of the porpoise. The animal was captured in the tank and secured within a specialized stretcher for transport out of the tank and into the treatment / radiograph room. The Foundation's radiograph equipment was obtained through funding from the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program
 The feeding session after the treatment went well, and as of today the porpoise is eating completely on his own.

This really made my week!   He is going to make it, I do believe!

See video of him eating at:

Go to the bottom of the page and click on the video.
Riverhead's director ready to put porpiose in sling


13 years ago
So glad hes on the road to recovery.
Great pics
13 years ago
These pictures really bring it all home. I'm rootin' for all of these little critters and wish I could help out but must be content to watch from the sidelines. Anyway, thank god there are people like you and your team on this planet. I'm sure it's been said before but "we" need more like you all.
13 years ago

I think next year for vacation, I am going to visit your area and see you in action.

Keep up the good work Ty



13 years ago

Heres another update on the harbor porpoise, thanks to the Riverhead Foundation.

April 11, 2006

Yesterday the Riverhead Foundation's veterinarians examined the animal and collected a blood sample. The porpoise was also weighed again and measurements were taken.

Dr. Rob Pisciotta, Riverhead Foundation's veterinarian, collected a blood sample from the animal.

The porpoise is still on assisted feeds, however, the biologists are able to hand feed him small herring in the tank without holding him. He seems to be making progess with every feed.

Rob DiGiovanni, Riverhead Foundation's Director, is also hand feeding the porpoise.

He is looking better everyday. Another story with a positive ending!! You got to love it!      Peace.       Ty

Thank Ty
13 years ago

Thank you so much for these pictures Ty.

It makes the heart feel good to know you and others like you are doing such a great job of taking care of these beautiful creatures

hugs and a big thumbs up


13 years ago
This is just great,Im so happy for him!
13 years ago
He is hanging in there. He is now swimming without leaning sideways. I will check it out and get some more info for a update later today. I think they were going to give him yesterday to rest and give him a full work up today. I should get an Email by this afternoon.   Peace.   Ty
How is he?
13 years ago
Ty,hows the porpoise doing?
13 years ago
These pictures bring tears to my eyes! Thank you so much for sharing.
13 years ago

ty the work you do is amazing

i live in england so maybe cant be so hands on but anything i can do to help be it fundraising raising awareness just ask my friend

13 years ago

I will be praying for him.

13 years ago

Thanks again ty, I know I keep saying it but it really warms my heart.

Im glad to know you

Please check out my photo albums for other shots.
13 years ago
I hope you all enjoyed these.
Gray inhouse
13 years ago

I only have thumbnails that were emailed to me of the Baby female gray that is in the clinic right now. I will try to get some good shot and I'll post them later. Also, I put in some shots of our clinic.

New Baby with big mouth.

Big mouth.

Chasing live fish

Chasing a live fish.

Pretty cute



Our clinic


Our clinic


Our Clinic

The pool on the right is where the porpoise was kept.

Hears the male we released on april 4th.
13 years ago

The above feed is a TV clip of this release.

Can you tell the difference betwen the two??


Starboard side of the male


This guys blubber to weight ratio is that of a seal twice his age. He had the trawl end of a fishing net around his neck and a slight infection when he came in. He was wooped from dragging that net around but he is really sturdy.The below shot is of us doing a ultra sound on him to figure his blubber ratio. This helped in our asessment on when to let him go. Thats me on hind flipper duty! He is in a contraption called a doghouse to keep him and us safe during his check up.

Rescue clinic

Shots of the female yearling harp we released on april 1st
13 years ago

Female Harp

Day one.


Hint: the fattie with the diamond is the female!

Hanging out

Female ready to go.

Female harp release 4-1-06

Here she is going home too.

First yearling harp
13 years ago
First harps release

This little girl was with us for just two weeks. We thought she wasn't going to make it when we brought here in. Suprisingly she had no infection. she was just worn out. We fed her and gave her a vacation and here she is going home.

Picture #2 of release

What it is all about!

What it is all about! This shot is my desk top!

Yearling gray
13 years ago

This guy was chasing people on the a Rhode Island beach about a month ago.

Like most Grays he thought he owned the world.

We watched him till dark and kept people away from him. We came back the next day and he was gone!

Gray Seal With Attitude

The above gray was released in the end of Febuary
13 years ago
Thank you!!
13 years ago

Its just wonderful to see!!

Gray seal
13 years ago
Baby Gray's first day

Baby Gray's first day. Only known Gray seal born in Long Island Sound. Estimated age in this shot is 6 to 10 days. This pup isn't eating yet.

Baby Gray

Here he is on his third day. Notice how quick he lost his white. He has some infection and is on antibiotics.

Tube feed gray

Tube feeding time.This is a gruel mix of fish oil, frozen fish and frozen squid blended in the blender. We also we force feeding halved fish at this point.

Gray's release

We eventually got him to eat on his own and catch live fish. We kept him for about a month total. Thats me in the red coat.

Gray seal release in Feb.Away he goes.
13 years ago
These pictures are wonderful. Thanks for showing us what you do- it really motivates me to do more!!
Quick up date
13 years ago

We took in a 4.5 ft Harbor Porpoise last night. He was in the surf on a local beach. He is kind of weak. We are sending him to a better equipped facility today. I didn't get a chance to check him out. I will let you know how this guy is and if he made a safe transfer. We had two people with him all night, two hour shifts, in the pool, walking him around. I will post any photos sent to our network. Heres a shot of this species from the web.


13 years ago
Thank you so much for sharing all of that. I really admire what you do Ty. And I did learn alot from what you posted. Very interesting!
13 years ago

Thanks Ty,It worked perfectly, what a wonderful heart warming sight.

Respect to you for your work.

Fattie male goes home.
13 years ago
I can do you one better on this release. Check it out on video. I hope this link works for a while. Once on site click on the story, bottom left.  Peace.  Ty
Ty,How wonderful!
13 years ago

These are the things that make my heart glad, What wonderful work you are doing, its people like you that give me hope.

As someone else said you are so fortunate to be able to see these beautiful animals and help hands on.

Peace to you

13 years ago

I figured I would post this here as it is about the clinic and what we do in the field.

Marine Mammal Stranding Rescue Team
As a intital responder, or first responder, with the Marine Mammal Stranding Team, life can be a roller coaster of emotions.
Our calls range from mad adults seals on a swimming beach, 
to deceased animials brought in by the tide.
We could be called out for a Harp, Hooded, Harbor or Gray seal,
and it seems, more recently Ringed seals.
Our team has not had one yet but the Long Island Team has on now. Harbors and Grays are the local seals and the Hooded and harps are Ice seals. This means they are born on the Northern ice flows and then come here.  
We also respond to calls for stranded sea turtles.
The species common to our area are Leatherback sea turtles
(Adults 5-8ft and 1500lbs) which are most common,
Loggerhead sea turtles(3-4ft and 450lbs),
Green sea turtles(3-5ft up to 500lbs), and Kemp's Ridley sea turtles(24in-32in).
We respond for strandings of Common Dolphins. White-sided dolphins, Harbor porpoise and Pilot whales. Any whales larger than a pilot are cared for by a different  team than ours, but we may assist.
The Aquarium I work for really does a good job with the hook up concerning the equipment we have. We Have a newer 4 door, king cab, 3/4 ton 4 wheel drive pick up.
When responding we also carry what is called a level A initial responder kit. It contains a cell phone, a GPS, a digital camera, a measuring tape, heavy gloves,sometimes tags, and the forms that we need to fill out. The reasons for each item will become apparent.
The first thing to be considered, when responding to a live call, is the current safety of the animal, of the bystanders, and of their pets.
Seals can be very aggressive and will bit you or your dog. They are a wild animal that might be scared; never a good combination! Just stay way back. Seals do not like eye contact. If you walk directly at them and look at them it is mimicing the motions or their natural predators. If you think the seal is in trouble, call a pro, please!
Seals are very easily freaked out. Seals do not get cold so if the seal is shaking it is scared. Many people with good intentions, see a seal shaking and cover it up. This will really pump up the stress factor and if we get to a seal and it is covered
the chances are real good that the seal will have to come in for rehab. If a seal gets too freaked out it may not make the right choices and end up in harms way! The number one  rule is stay away from seals on the beach!!!  Seals do haul out just to rest on the beach or on the rocks and unless it has been in one place for more than 24 hours we will not bring in an apparently health seal.
One of the initial things we do look for is signs that the seal has been eating sand or beach rocks.
Ice seals are use to getting hydration from eating snow and some are not to smart in telling the difference! These seals that do eat rocks and sand are doomed unless we can get them back to the aquarium under a vets care. If you see a seal eat rocks or sand help save him by calling your local stranding people!
Once we are at a scene, and the safety factor is covered, we first take a GPS reading.
We have three different forms to fill out. One we start as soon as we get the call and that one is the stranding sighting call info sheet. . This sheet covers the basic info about the call and the info about the animal generated from the call. Of course directions also go on this sheet.
We fill in what is called an initial response form, on which we put info like, the animals assigned #, departure time, time returned, mileage, Location of animial with details, The actual GPS reading of Lat./long., the length, Est. weight, the condition of the animial, the sex, signs of entanglment, disposition of the animal, if we took photos, the camera and photo #s and the weather conditions.
We also have to fill in a Marine Mammal Stranding Data Report which asks a bunch of the same stuff and a few other questions. This goes to the regional stranding network which uses the date for future projections and attempting to improve our service to these animals.
We then do an exam if the seal is alive. We look to see if it has missing or infected nails, heavy discharge from the nose, obvious wounds, goopy eyes, entanglment wounds, bit wounds, prop wounds, alot of broken or missing teeth, and obvious signs of stomach bulge from eating rocks and sand. If we need to we can call our vet for any advice.
If we are bringing the seal in we then call the seal rescue clinic to tell them to prep for our new patient's arrival.                           We then take a bunch of photos of the animal and the surroundings where he was stranded. Next is the sometimes tricky job of getting a seal into a kennel for transport. Always fun!
Now unfortunately some of the seals we respond to are dead or in bad shape. With the ones that have been dead for awhile we just gather info and then bury them. We will bring any sick seal in but some are euthanized.
This is the hard part of the operation but I figure the ones saved is worth it.
If it is a recently killed seal we are required to reteive its body for Necropsy in hopes of saving others in the future!
After a seal rescue we are put on Quarintine. This means we can not go near the mammals in the Aquarium's collection. We can work in the seal enclosure but that is it.                                        With any luck we can do some good for the seal population. I enjoy it and I think the seals are smart enough to realize
they were helped! Well there it is, I hope you guys learned something, enjoyed it and didn't find it boring!  Peace. Ty
the little one
13 years ago
The releases are what it's all about!  That's fantastic!  ps I can't see the picts either.  Keep doing your thing Ty!
Thank guys!
13 years ago
I'll work on that.
13 years ago
no pic. sorry.
13 years ago
Can this picture be seen?
13 years ago
Please let me know if the preceding photo is visible. Peace. Ty
13 years ago
I can't see it here either, but will go to the group photo album.
To see or not to see
13 years ago
Does everyone not see my pictures? Please let me know. If you go to the group rescue album you can see the female harp that was released to day. The Female on p.3 is her.
Great News
13 years ago


I'm not sure if it's my computer or what but the pic's wouldn't load for me.bummer

take care the babies.

brenda p

13 years ago

The release went off without a hitch. We had the release in all the local papers and the local NBC news camera was there. I think we had about 175 people show up. I'm glad it was a Harp because she wasn't that fazed by the crowd. I said earlier that we were releasing the male but, and my sincerest apologies, I had it backwards. We released the female that had the diamond shape on her side. We opened the cage and she made a bee line for for the surf! She wasn't fooling around. She went under and didn't breach until about 200 yards offshore. She was so happy to get back in the ocean. As always it was really heart felt.   I will post photos of the release, when I get them. My digital camera will not run on this new computer with XP. it is a old 98 needing dog. I bought a disposable that I need to get developed.

I think I will also get some shots E-mailed to me. I will post them too once I recieve them. The seal in the photo above will be released on Tuesday morning!  Peace.  Here is the seal we released today:

13 years ago

Thanks Lanie. I do feel fortunate.

    Today we get to release the fattie harp.  He will go back into his own enviroment at 11:00am est.  I love releases. I soooo look forward to releases, more than any other event. It helps to calm the soul and makes up for the ones that we are unable to save.

I will try to get some good shots for the album. I hope eveyone is well. Peace. Ty

Ty thank you fromthe heart!
13 years ago
Ty, thank you for sharing the news of this beautiful spirit! You are blessed to be able to get to interact with these amazing marine mammals. I will be praying for the seals healing and recovery. I hope the seal is ready to be free very soon and that she is protected. Love,and Light,Lanie
Rescue Clinic.
13 years ago
| Hot!
Yesterday I stopped in the seal rescue clinic before I came home. WE have one new tenant. She is about 4 weeks olds. We picked her up on a beach in CT. she was weak and has bite marks on her. She had a semi healed wound that also looks like a bite wound. It had a large amount of puss in it. We have her on Meds and her second blood draw was worse than the first. She is very lathargic and my boss says she is a lazy baby. I told her she is just sick and I am lazy when I am sick so don't sweat it. She is doing a little better on her eating. When she came in she wouldn't eat. She now will catch a live fish and eat it. She still won't eat dead fish though. She needs to eat dead fish before we can let her go. She will be in the clinic for a while until her blood is a little better anyway. I think this baby is going to make it!  Please check out the new photos of her in the rescue album of this Baby Gray!   Peace to all.  Ty

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