VIDEO: Alaska SeaLife Center seal released into the wild

Published: Dec. 8, 2017 at 1:20 PM AKST
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A fur seal pup, recovered by the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) from Unalaska, has been successfully released into Northern California waters. The video, posted to social media, shows the seal diving headlong into the ocean, before swimming underwater.

The ASLC transported the seal, named Unalaska, to the the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California.

"Here at ASLC, we always strive to release animals back into the wild," said the post on social media.

Last week, the Unalaska fur seal was released alongside another seal, named Rosebud.

"Along with our government partners (we) decided that releasing him, with other seals his age, would give him the best chance to acclimate to life in the wild," according to ASLC.

Unalaska was recovered in early October. And he was initially treated with antibiotics.

Fur Seal Release!

FUR SEAL RELEASE! The fur seal pup our team recovered from Unalaska, arrived safely at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. He was released into Northern California waters last Thursday with other fur seals his age. Here at ASLC we always strive to release animals back into the wild. Thank you to our dedicated marine mammal rehabilitators this fur seal was swiftly treated and returned to the ocean. Watch this video of Unalaska and Rosebud being released! This video was taken by Roger Conant © The Marine Mammal Center. Activities pictured authorized by ASLC NOAA/NMFS Stranding Agreement.

Posted by Alaska SeaLife Center on Friday, December 8, 2017