If you recall my neighbors rescued a seal 6/6/11 which was later named Port by them (a wine and cheese theme) and sent to the Alaska Sea Life Center in Seward for rehab later to be released back into the sea which was today 10/8/11.
Port weighed 18.3 lbs at rescue and 44 lbs at his release today.
Another rescued seal name Bleu was released at the same time as he came from Homer too.
Deb is opening the door of Port's crate. Her husband Ben and two nephews are also watching for Port to come out.
The two seals reached a small pond and had to be encouraged to go further out into the sea.
This is the Homer crowd who came to watch the release. The goal of the Alaska Sea Life Center is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release healthy marine mammals back to their natural habitat. This is an important part of the Center's mission to generate and share scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska's marine ecosystems.