Disabled seal at Mystic Aquarium gets a new name - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Disabled seal at Mystic Aquarium gets a new name

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The following photo of Coral was provided by the Mystic Aquarium from its Facebook page. The following photo of Coral was provided by the Mystic Aquarium from its Facebook page.
MYSTIC, CT (WFSB) -

A disabled harbor seal, which is now permanently living at the Mystic Aquarium, was officially named this week.

A 10-month-old harbor seal, which was called Pup 49 at the time, was found wounded on a Plymouth, MA beach in July.

The seal had an infection in a rear flipper and it had to be amputated.

The NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service said that the seal could not be released into the wild after the amputation.

After learning that the animal was staying at its facility, officials at the Mystic Aquarium held a contest to name the seal.

More than 8,000 votes were cast in the contest and Coral was selected as its new name.

People will be able to visit Coral at the Aquatic Animal Study Center at the Mystic Aquarium until Sunday. The animal will be then move to training, according to officials.

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