Rehabbed seal pups return to the ocean

Two harbor seal pups return to the water at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI Thursday, October 27, 2016. (Photo Courtesy: Mystic Aquarium)

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Three harbor seal pups that spent the last few months at Mystic Aquarium have returned to the ocean.

Mystic’s Animal Rescue team released Potch, Topaz and Crystal at Blue Shutters Beach Thursday morning. The aquarium said all three pups were abandoned shortly after birth. Mystic’s first responders found Crystal in North Kingstown, while Potch and Topaz were rescued on the coast of Maine. According to the aquarium, the seals spent four to six months in rehabilitation.

Mystic Aquarium says it has successfully rehabilitated and released 20 seals so far this year.