BEVERLY, MASS. (WHDH) – A harbor seal, which became a spectacle at Beverly’s Shoe Pond, brought himself to authorities Friday morning and allowed people to take him to an aquarium where he is said to make a full recovery.
Shoebert the Seal evaded capture for weeks while in Beverly, where he attracted throngs of adoring fans. But on Friday morning he had had enough and decided to leave the pond and At 2:30, crawl to the Beverly Police Station
Rescuers from Beverly Animal Control, the fire department and marine wildlife experts were able to lock him in a crate with little effort, with officials noting he appeared to be in good health.
“They tried to open the gate and get him into the parking lot, but that didn’t work, so we ended up making a circle on the lawn and surrounding it with plastic tables,” said one of the rescuers.
Beverly’s favorite formerly renegade seal was then taken to the Mystic Aquarium for observation before finally being released. But as 7NEWS found out, the 4-year-old marine mammal has been there before.
“So in 2018 he was with us for about two to three months and was released in Rhode Island,” said Sarah Callan, manager of the animal rescue program at Mystic Aquarium.
Callan said Shoebert made the trip to Connecticut safe and was as resolute as ever.
“He’s a lively, lively male seal,” Callan said. “To be honest, any wild seal will be lively, especially when scared.”
She added that Shoebert’s stint with Mystic will likely be brief before he’s released again. She also said he will be visible to the public during this time.
“So essentially, people can say their last goodbye and revisit it,” she said.
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