Adorable seals released into wild by Vancouver Aquarium (PHOTOS)

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Photo: Kiefer James Photography

The Vancouver Aquarium released several rehabilitated seals into the wild on Saturday, October 10 from their Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. Fourteen (adorable) seals made their way back into the ocean while staff and volunteers looked on.

According to the Vancouver Aquarium, 139 seal pups have been admitted to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre this year alone. They have plans to release 55 more seals over the next few weeks.

Photo: Philippe Roberge

Photo: Philippe Roberge

Photo: Kiefer James Photography

Photo: Kiefer James Photography

Photo: Kiefer James Photography

Photo: Kiefer James Photography

Photo: Philippe Roberge

Photo: Philippe Roberge

The only thing better than the release of adorable seal pups back into the wild after successful rehabilitation is looking over the names of said seal pups. They are as follows:

  • Argo
  • Santa Maria
  • Vasa
  • Victory
  • Babe
  • Pinta
  • Flying Cloud
  • Constitution
  • Savannah
  • Horizon
  • Gretzky
  • Ronda Rousey
  • Lusitania
  • Arnold Palmer

Yes, there’s a seal out in the ocean somewhere named after a golf legend. Let that sink in for a moment.

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre also rescues and rehabilitates sea otters, sea lions, elephant seals, whales, dolphins and porpoises. Each animal they help requires specialized and sometimes urgent veterinary care.

If you see a marine mammal in distress, call them at 604-258-SEAL (7325).

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