Aquarium sends 3 seals to Chicago


Two harbor seals born at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and a third raised here after recovering from a 1983 stranding, have been sent to Chicago for the opening of the Shedd Aquarium's new Oceanarium.

Doug Messinger, curator of mammals at the Baltimore aquarium, said the two younger seals were born in Baltimore in 1989 and 1990. They are the offspring of a seal orphaned at sea and nursed back to health at the New England Aquarium.

The National Aquarium has bred and reared five harbor seals since 1988. Such programs, officials said, "help reduce the need to collect from the wild." Two gray seals and seven harbor seals are now on display.

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