Gray Seals


Satellite Tagging

Gray Seal


The gray seal male: He was rehabilitated by the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and released back to the wild on May 20, 2006.

"Ernie" 39389

"Ernie" is a one year-old, male gray seal that stranded in Provincetown, MA, USA, on April 9, 2007. When he came up on shore, he was underweight (weighing only 61 lbs (28 kg)), dehydrated, and lethargic; he also had a superficial wound, possibly a shark bite, on his shoulder. During his recovery at the New England Aquarium, we realized that he had limited motion of his right hind flipper and it affected his ability to swim and haul out. Radiographs showed that this impairment was caused by scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. In the four months that Ernie was at the Aquarium, he gained over 60 lbs (27 kg), his wound completely healed, and he became much more agile and strong. By the time he was released, he could haul out easily, and chase after and catch live fish. We believe he has an excellent chance for survival in the wild.

Ernie was released from Chatham, MA, USA, on August 6, 2007. He was outfitted with a satellite tag to monitor his movements and determine his post-release survivorship.

Release Images and Information from Riverhead Foundation

Maps of travels: 39391 and "Ernie" 39389

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