Two Baltic gray seals were released on Friday to the Gulf of Finland after rehabilitation at the Center for the Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals working in the purification facilities of the St. Petersburg water canal in Repino, the Vodokanal of St. Petersburg reports.
“Today, June 9, experts from the Center for the Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals have returned to the natural habitat of two Baltic gray seals, Bohr and Krasnogor, both animals have successfully undergone rehabilitation, gained weight and are ready for independent life,” the report said.
Bora’s self-hostage hit the center on April 4, an animal was found by a resident of Sosnovy Bor. The age of the seal was only one month. She did not have visible wounds and injuries, but the animal was severely depleted. The second seal of Krasnogor was brought to the center on April 15. The male of the gray seal was entangled in fishing nets near the Shepelevsky lighthouse in the Sosnovy Bor district. To get it out of the trap, it took the help of employees of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The weight of the baby was half the norm, the age was about 6 weeks.
“Now both seals are friendly with each other, although at first Bohr was aggressive and showed her uneasy character before Krasnogor.The weight of each animal is about 45 kilograms, they have excellent appetite, each day they eat 3-4 kilograms of fish. Are treated with caution and remain wild, so the chances of starting an independent life are very good for them, “said Elena Andriyevskaya, a specialist of the Friends of the Baltic Sea Network, whose words are contained in the message.
Earlier two more patients of the Center for the Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals returned to the natural habitat. The first graduate this season was the Baltic gray seal Valdai, found in the Lomonosov district on March 29. He quickly recovered and returned to the Gulf of Finland on May 16. Ladoga Neropenka Kroshik, which was in the center for a year, was released in its native reservoir on May 22.
The Center for the Study and Conservation of Marine Mammals was opened in the territory of the water treatment plant in the village of Repino (Kurortny district of St. Petersburg) in 2013. During this time, more than 60 animals were rescued.