View Full Version : Harbor Seal release

10-17-2007, 10:14 AM
As some of you may know, a few months back, a harbor seal was found in Bridgeport, CT on the beach with a gunshot wound to his eye. The Mysitc Marinelife Aquarium took him in and rehabilited him to a point where he could survive on his own in the ocean. Yesterday (10/16) they released him into the Atlantic on the Rhode Island shore. My wife kids & myself attended the event (and made it onto 2 of the 3 CT news channels that were there!). Glad I wore my waterproof boots, 'cause I was standing in the water to get some of these shots!

1. Coming out of the carrier

2. You lookin' at me?

3. Paparazzi

4. I ain't goin' in!

5. Back in the water

6. Running to get footage

7. Getting the footage

8. My daughters and their signs

10-17-2007, 10:32 AM
Awwww hes cute as hell... =) glad they got him back into the wild...

10-17-2007, 11:05 AM
Yeah, the bullet is still lodged behind his left eye, and has no use of it at all, but they determined that it won't harm him any by leaving it in, as the risk of surgery was greater. Took him a while - about 10 minutes - to get back into the water. The Mystic folks were saying that most seals that they've released basically run for the water. This guy sure took his time...

10-17-2007, 11:38 AM
Glad he made it back into the ocean. This made me remember the release that was heavily covered by the press a few years ago and right in front of all the crowds of people, right after it was released a killer whale came in and ate it. Not a great image for all the kids to see, but a reality that the wild is harsh sometimes.

10-17-2007, 12:58 PM
^ wow, not what you expect to happen at a release...

Awesome shots Tom, I figured someone from here would make the trip down for the release. I love the 2nd and last ones, your kids are adorable!

10-17-2007, 01:05 PM
Thanks Mike & Kadian!

Well, the Westerly Sun thinks Callie (younger one) was cute too - they put her on the front page of today's paper holding up her Best Fishes sign. (proud dad moment) :D :D :D I just got back from spending lunch in the car going over to Westerly to pick up a few copies of the paper...

Mike - we don't have too many killer whales around these parts, so I think he was pretty safe. :D ;) Obviously, suffering from a gunshot wound, the people are more dangerous than the wildlife!

10-17-2007, 02:17 PM
awesome! thanks Tom..

10-17-2007, 03:03 PM
Great shots Tom, I saw that on Channel 30 this AM and I could have sworn they got you 2 daughters holding those signs on the news, They also showed some guy standing in the water with a camera, Might have been you. :D

Wonder if they'll repeat the same segment tonight.

10-17-2007, 03:31 PM
Thanks guys!

Sandy - yep, that was me and my daughters on Channel 30. I don't think it was me with the camera - I was in the clip with the girls. Channel 3 also had us, as did Channel 6 out of RI. When we got out of the car, and the girls had their signs, we were litereally surrounded by TV cameras - I counted at least 6. It helped that we were the only ones with signs... :D Channel 30 ran it last night at 6 and 3 ran it on the 5:30 broadcast.

10-17-2007, 07:48 PM
Hi Tom, Those are some great shots...I saw it on Channel 6 news here in Rhode Island this morning. I wish I had known about the release cause I would have been there. It was at the Blue shutters beach which is only a short distance from my home. Capt. Fred

10-17-2007, 08:13 PM
That poor seal. You really captured a moment that will last forever. Nice work!

10-17-2007, 08:16 PM
Excellent photos, Tom!
Too much bad stuff in the world, so I love hearing stories like this on the news.

Did you use your 20D for the shoot??

10-18-2007, 09:58 AM
Thanks folks!

Fred - it was supposed to happen a couple weeks ago, but he got an infection in his good eye, so they obviously didn't want to release him in that condition. We just found out about it the day before. Luckily my hours at work are quite flexible, and we sent a note into school with the older one to excuse her from class.

Becky - yep, the venerable 20D was stuck to my eye. :D Used either the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX or Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX