Seal Release – Ariel and Merida

Sunday the 17th November marks a significant point in our seal rehabilitation calendar as we finally say goodbye to the 1st of our seals Ariel and Merida. This being our 1st seal release of the season we would like to invite you down to Knockinelder to wish these two girls all the best on the next stage of their journey.

Ariel was the 1st of the Common seals to arrive at the start of the summer on the 22nd of June, one of our earliest arrivals for a number of years. She was collected from Magilligan point, after a number of calls from members of the public, staff from Coastal Zone in Portrush safely transported her down to Exploris Aquarium. She was definitely a favourite with the team working in the hospital, she weaned at a young age and by 5 weeks she was out into our nursery pool.

Merida arrived on the 4th of July from Warrenpoint and with the help of Eoin, Shay and Mel from Seal Rescue Ireland we were able to bring Merida back to Exploris Aquarium. Other than being underweight Merida, overall was a healthy seal. It was unfortunate that crowds of people had gathered around her causing her distress and putting her at risk of being abandoned by her mother. She has quite a feisty attitude which matched up with her namesake perfectly. A little slow to wean she did eventually join Ariel in our outdoor pools mid-September. Since then they’ve been learning to dive, swim and dart around while they compete with each other for their food.

So please join us as we say goodbye to two lovely ladies on the 17th November.

The seal release will take place at the National Trust Carpark, Knockinelder. Click here for directions: https://bit.ly/2D0JQlM

*Seal release is weather dependent. Any changes will be updated on the Facebook event page here https://bit.ly/34F3a1S

We look forward to seeing you on the beach!

Ariel and Merida in the pre-release pool at Exploris Aquarium

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