WATCH: Rescued Seal Enjoys Pool Time During 'Guardedly Optimistic' Recovery
BUZZARDS BAY, Massachusetts — Recently rescued Saco the gray seal is well enough to enjoy pool time.
The National Marine Life Center posted to their Facebook Thursday a video of Saco enjoying some time in the pool.
Saco was rescued from the middle of the road in Seabrook, New Hampshire, after an intense nor'easter.
In the caption, the NMSC described Saco's recovery as "guardedly optimistic."
The center said that patients like Saco must be watched carefully during recovery and slowly introduced into water, which explains the size of the pool.
To determine when Saco will be released into the wild, the center veterinarian will have to approve of Saco's bloodwork, that he is off all medication, is behaving normally, and doesn't pose a danger to the wild population.
NMLC Facebook admin Kathy explained in a comment on a post that the center then plans a release date and location for animals in Saco's situation.
Though gray seals don't need to be released in the same location they were stranded in.
"We choose locations that are good seal habitat and where other seals have been documented," Kathy said, "Locally, we often release at Scusset Beach. We then apply to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries for release. Once NOAA approves, then we proceed with the release!"
Kathy goes on to say that the center typically makes the release dates for rehab animals public so they can witness the transition. The NMLC may also do a Facebook live.