Preparing for release
"Snow", the juvenile harp seal to the far right, entered the Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center (MARC) at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine on Jan. 28, after being found stranded in critical condition on a frozen marsh. He stayed at the center for about a month before reentering the wild on Feb. 26. Here, center staff clean his holding tanking before transporting him to a nearby beach.
MARC staff take measurements of all patients before releasing them back into the wild.
Into the kennel
Snow needs a bit of guidance before he scoots into the kennel.
MARC staff record their patients' weights before the animals reenter the wild.
Center staff, volunteers, and students gather to bid farewell to Snow.
Into the wild
Snow returns to the Gulf of Maine after one month of rehabilitation.
Back at the rehab center
Back at the rehab center, this young harp seal pup is still regaining strength after being found severely dehydrated and unresponsive in mid-February. He receives daily care, which includes feeding and medications as needed.