Beetle – 138116
Common Name: Gray Seal
Animal Sex: Male
Release/Tag Date: May 19, 2015
“Beetle” Gray Seal
Virginia Beach, VA –
Beetle is a yearling, female gray seal. She stranded April 9th, 2015 in Carova, NC, thin, dehydrated and with minor abrasions. The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program rescued Beetle on April 10th and admitted her to the Marine Animal Care Center for rehabilitation. Aquarium staff treated Beetle with supportive care including proper nutrition, hydration, and antibiotics. She is named after the VW Beetle to go with this season’s car naming-theme. Beetle has spent her time at the Marine Animal Care Center vocalizing, swimming in her pool and chasing fish. Beetle was deemed ready for release by the Virginia Aquarium veterinarians. On May 19th, 2015, she was released from Virginia Beach, VA. Beetle is the first gray seal to be released from Virginia. She is outfitted with a satellite tag which will enable the Team and other scientists to track Beetle’s movements after the release and gather important information regarding the behavior and movements of gray seals”.
The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program mission is to promote the conservation of marine animal species through stranding response, research, rehabilitation and education. It is largely a volunteer-based group operating from the Aquarium Marine Animal Care Center in Virginia Beach. The program is supported through the Virginia Aquarium Foundation by donations from the community, businesses and grants-making organizations.
(Halichoerus grypus, meaning “hooked-nosed sea pig”)