When: Monday, July 6, 2015
Approximate Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich, MA
Cilantro, a weanling male grey seal, stranded on South Beach in Chatham, MA on May 2, 2015. He was rescued by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and transported to NMLC. Cilantro came in with a very unique infected wound on his lower back. This animal was actually heat-branded by Canadian researchers as part of a population study. The wound from the brand had become very infected and was in need of medical attention. Cilantro was also having difficulty breathing due to an infestation of lungworm, and had developed a small abscess in one of his rear flippers. He has been receiving medical treatment, was tube fed for about a week, and quickly transitioned to eating fish. Cilantro has a lot of spunk and has been giving our volunteers some wonderful experience in seal restraint. He has packed on his blubber layer, and has now made a full recovery and is ready to be reunited with the Big Blue. We hope you will join us in wishing Cilantro farewell at this exciting occasion!