ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. - We've got good news tonight from Assateague Island. A rescued male harbor seal returned back to his habitat today after three months of rehabilitation and recovery.
The seal, named Sodapop, arrived to the National Aquarium on February fifteenth with a severe respiratory infection, along with cuts and scrapes on his body. Underweight, he eagerly ate nearly eight pounds of fish per day and received oral antibiotics twice a day to treat his infection.
Sodapop grew to a healthy 53 pounds and was released on Assateague State Park's beach at 11:00 AM, Thursday morning.
Jennifer Dittmar, coordinator of the National Aquarium, says "Sodapop, being a harbor seal, will start to head north. Our waters are starting to warm up slowly here along the Atlantic coast. He'll probably end up somewhere between New York and Maine."
Well we wish Sodapop safe travels on his journey, glad he made a full recovery!