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National Aquarium Releases Rehabbed Seal in Ocean City, Md.

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Staffers with the National Aquarium on Wednesday morning released a young harbor seal off of 40th Street in Ocean City, Md. 

The seal, named "Megatron," was rescued in February 2016 from Bethany Beach, Del., and brought to the National Aquarium where the organization’s Animal Rescue Team treated him for dehydration, emaciation and skin lesions. 

Jennifer Dittmar, manager of animal rescue at the National Aquarium, has been with Megatron since his rescue and is amazed at the transformation. 

"He was in rehab for the last 11 weeks and treated," Dittmar said. "During that time we made sure that he still maintained all of his natural instincts so when we fed him we made sure that people were associated with his food, he had a lot of forging devices where he had to kind of find the food on his own and we also made sure he could still catch live food so we would offer live minnows for him." 

Although Dittmar said she is unsure of the exact reasons why Megatron was in such bad shape when he was found, the aquarium says he was a young seal pup at the time which could have led to his condition.

"As their immune system is developing, you kind of think of them as toddlers so they do end up getting sick for unknown reasons and we couldn't really find an underlying cause for his illnesses," Dittmar said. 

Since being admitted, Megatron has gained 21 pounds and has grown 15 centimeters in length. 

Dittmar said working with these federally protected animals is amazing.

To stay up to date on various marine life releases, go to Aqua.org.

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