The Story of Shoebert, Beverly’s “Sealed Ebrity,” Is Now a Book to Keep on Your Shelf – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BEVERLY, MASS. (WHDH) – Another spotlight shines on Beverly, Mass. celebrity Shoebert the Seal, who is getting his own book.

Shoebert spent a long stay in Beverly Pond and made headlines through September and October, when he evaded capture by officers and won the hearts of the Bay Staters with his cute looks. Eventually he turned himself in to local police and was released back into the wild through the care of the Mystic Aquarium Rescue Clinic.

Shoebert’s story inspired Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston photojournalist Stanley Forman and his wife Debbie to write a children’s book called Shoebert’s Great Adventure.

Forman missed Shoebert after becoming accustomed to her visits.

“I said to my wife, ‘I really miss Shoebert!’ I mean, I was there two or three times a day, just for little ten-minute layovers, but just to see what he was doing,” he said.

7NEWS even got a preview of the story, told from Shoebert’s perspective.

“Well, I went swimming in Beverly Harbor, saw a lot of beautiful fish and decided to follow them,” Forman read from the upcoming book. “There were so many geese and ducks swimming nearby that I wondered if they would play with me.”

Forman said Shoebert was a fan of the crowd, and the seal always stayed up late to say hello.

“At one point I stopped and waved my keys,” Forman said, “just to see, I know it’s just in my head, but he was looking at me! He smiled at me.”

“If I could, I would hunt a seal every day.”

The book will be available through the online bookstoreand Sweetwater and Company at Beverly Farms.

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