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Mother’s Day Seal Release Planned!

Sealvester Stallone and Vin Dieseal  are headed back into action! This weekend they will be starring in their final adventure with NMLC, they are both being released!

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Sealvester Stallone

“Sealvester Stallone,” a weanling gray seal, was brought to us March 18 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). Stallone was found on Gooseberry Island and was critically dehydrated, malnourished, and had lesions on his rear flippers. After fluid therapy and vitamin enriched feeds three times a day, Sealvester is steadily getting better. He began to eat on his own and is eating at least three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of herring a day!



Vin Dieseal


“Vin Dieseal” was found on Scussett Beach by IFAW on March 20, two days after Sealvester! Vin is a weanling gray seal and was very dehydrated and underweight. He also had swollen abscesses on his back and head. Upon his arrival here at NMLC, he was placed on fluid therapy, antibiotics, and dewormers to rid him of internal parasites. Healing fast, Vin Dieseal has gained the ability to eat on his own and is doing well with his tank-mate Stallone!


Just shy of two months in rehabilitation both seals are happy and healthy! You are invited to join us as they are released this Sunday, May 8, at 11:30 am at Scusset Beach State Reservation. Bring your mom this Mother’s Day to help us say farewell to these two seals!


Vin Dieseal & Sealvester Stallone


To support the rehabilitation of other seals like Sealvester and Vin please click here!


Posted by Kay S.
Kay is a spring/summer, 2016 Intern at the National Marine Life Center. She recently graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Wildlife Management and in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.


  1. Dear Kelli,
    We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Thank you for your kind words.

  2. Thanks so much for adopting Vin! And thank you for your work taking people out on the water to experience our beautiful environment and see healthy seals in the wild. It’s important for people to appreciate the wonderful ecosystem we have here, and it’s the first step to getting people to care and preserve our precious natural heritage. ~Kathy

  3. Being a seal tour and sightseeing company out on Cape Cod we see thousands of seals and often they are entangled in fishing gear and other flotsam on the ocean. When we had a chance to help an injured seal in Vin Dieseal we jumped at the opportunity to help and “adopted” doe-eyed Vin. We visited him at the rehab pools and posted his photo on the office wall. We were delighted to give back where we could help to enable this seal to have a normal life and the freedom of the open water. I encourage others to assist the National Marine Life Center to move forward in their mission to give seals another chance at life, and you too will feel the swell of pride that comes along with this noble cause.—- Capt Rob, Blue Claw Boat Tours

  4. Dear Kathy and all at NMLC,

    You Folks ROCK!!! I was privileged to have had the honor of attending my very first seal release of Frank Sealsinatra back in March while my Mom was in the hospital. I so wish she could have been there, however she loved the pictures. We are both were so very happy that we donated back in November 2015 over Thanksgiving weekend during one of my visits. She bought tickets to an event and I adopted Lemongrass via Basil. I will never forget how good that felt and I know that she will always keep that with her too now in heaven above. Sadly I lost my Mom on April 18th and I know that she will be with me & all of us tomorrow in spirit if I am able to attend.

    Again, I can’t say enough about what NMLC and all who work and volunteer there do to help out marine animals – YOU FOLKS ARE WONDERFUL and its an honor and privilege to part of something bigger than myself. I write this in loving remembrance of my beautiful, funny, kind, lovely, and wonderful Mom (Marcia) on this Mother’s Day 2016.

    Kelli Ross

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