A harbor seal whose rear flipper had to be amputated has made his public appearance and joined other rescued seals at the Aquarium of Niagara. His name is Stryker – which is the Aquariums way of calling attention to the impact humans can have on marine life.
“Stryker was struck by a boat, which caused trauma to his hind flipper”, said Richelle Swem, Curator of Animal Care. “We chose this name in hopes that it will remind the public to be mindful and conscious of wildlife. All of our animals are ambassadors for their wild counterparts, and Stryker’s story is a reminder of the threats that these animals face in the ocean.”
The seal is 1 year old and was rescued by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center off the coast of New Jersey in April 2017. Stryker was found with a severely damaged hind flipper, which included deep lacerations. Veterinarians were forced to amputate the injured flipper, and he was deemed non-releasable by the US Government before joining us here at the Aquarium.
“The first goal of any rescue is to return a stranded animal back to their natural environment. For an animal whose condition is too comprised to endure the harsh elements of life in the ocean, we are proud to provide a home to rescued and non-releasable marine mammals.” stated Gary Siddall, Executive Director. “Our mission allows us to give these animals a second chance at life, while also inspiring and educating the public through their amazing stories.”
Stryker joins another Marine Mammal Stranding Center alum, Della, a 27-year-old grey seal. She was rescued off the coast of Delaware in 1990 and joined the Aquarium in 2015.
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