I just made a small post yesterday with just a single picture... I guess I need to expand on that and then I can tell my story. I get these emails from time to time from the Long Island Aquarium announcing a release back into the wild seals that they save. Saturday they planned to release 2 seals at noon. I thought it would be interesting. I also had hoped that Coleen would like to join me. We had a brief conversation about it and she had indicated she would like to go. I thought it might be a nice bonding experience.
Well, even though she blew me off I went anyway. There were about 100 people there, mostly parents and their kids. I joined the crown with my camera at the ready. I haven't had any really good pictures in a while so I was hoping to get some blog-worthy shots.
The names of the seals were Bruce and Dexter. As the crowd gathered the seals arrived in separate cages on the back of a pickup truck. Bruce would be the first to be let out.
He was very nervous as he had to be pushed out of the cage. I'm sure all the people there made the experience even more traumatic that it was. Still it took 20 minutes or so of prodding and finally he got to the water and headed out to see.
It was a thrill to see him out in the bay. He didn't leave right away, but swam around close to shore for 10 minutes or so. The person in charge explained that one of the seals from an earlier release has been staying in the area for weeks before migrating north.
So with the seal free they set about letting the second seal, Dexter out of his cage. He was even more timid than the first one. Dexter just refused to go out to see. He just sat at the water's edge enjoying the sunshine for about an hour before I decided I had enough and left. I'm sure he eventually took off I just wasn't there for it.
It was quite an adventure which I had no one to share with. I did get a phone call from Coleen right as the second seal was released. She could have been there but I didn't talk to her Friday and she didn't get around to calling me back until way too late. She seemed annoyed we didn't connect. This is a story I need to tell in more detail so I'll save it for my next blog... maybe later today or tomorrow. At least I know I am out living life and not sitting around wondering what's happening.