Thursday, November 6, 2014

Penelope the Seal












    



 
Jacket: Barbour Sweater: LL Bean Signature ℅ Jeans: J.Crew Boots: Hunter Boots Socks: Banana Republic Glasses: Warby Parker ℅ 

Penelope the seal was 3-5 days old when she was rescued by Marine Mammals of Maine in May. Determined to be an abandoned pup, she was brought to Mystic Aquarium for rehabilitation. On Wednesday, I was proud to be present at Blue Shutters Beach in Charlestown, RI for Penelope's release back to the Ocean. The aquarium gave Kiel and I the honors of helping to carry her crate down to the beach. I opened the latch to set her free. It was beautiful, yet bittersweet, to watch Penelope swim away. 

I met Penelope at the aquarium in June when I assisted with her feeding and cleaning. At the time she was one of twelve adorable baby seal pups in need of care at Mystic's rehabilitation clinic. It was incredible to witness first hand the dedication, love, and hard work that the Stranding team puts into rehabilitating the seals. For the twelve baby pups, tube feedings had to occur every couple of hours, from early in the morning until well into the night. Bottle feeding would have been an easier method to feed them, but if a seal is to be released back to the ocean it cannot be given the opportunity to realize that the staff is their food source. Penelope had to demonstrate she could catch her own fish before being released.

My role as the Stranding Ambassador for Mystic Aquarium, has been one of the best things that has happened since starting CGWP. I'm proud to donate and raise awareness to this cause. If you are interested in learning more about the Stranding program visit: http://www.mysticaquarium.org/animals-and-exhibits/animal-rescue-program.  To make a donation visit: https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/MysticAquarium/OnlineDonation.html.  

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Well done girl, such a great cause! You have a big heart!

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  2. How wonderful that Penelope now is back in the Ocean! Love also how you look, including the Hunters - not only as I own exactly the same :)
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  3. Well done! I'm happy Penelope is back in the ocean.
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  4. Wow, what an awesome thing to have been a part of. That sweet picture of Penelope looking back as she is heading to the ocean is just too much.

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  5. Gorgeous outfit, this is seriously so inspiring with your love for these lovely animals. What a great cause. And aww penelope is so cute!

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  6. ooooh. I think it's a rare and FULL experience! W animals

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  7. Beautifully done!

    Lauren,
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  8. awww looks like an amazing experience
    great photos too
    x
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  9. Aw this was a very sweet post. I'm glad you were part of it :).
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  10. What a moving post! I love the photo where it looks like Penelope is looking back at you! It makes my heart swell. Happy Thursday, Sarah :)
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  11. absolutely love it! saving wildlife and looking good doing it- you go girl!

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  12. What a fantastic post - she saves lives and looks fabulous! I love your style, you are my inspiration! x

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  13. I loved seeing these photos on IG. What a great program. Good luck to Penelope out in the big wide ocean. :) So glad you are involved in something so meaningful. :) XO -Alexandra

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  14. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful seal!

    xx Kelly
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  15. Sarah, this is so beautiful! What a terrific way to raise awareness and such a special way to spend your time. Thanks for sharing.

    xxChristie
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  16. Great story and great cause! That seal is so cute!

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  17. This is such an inspiring and heartwarming story. It is nice to know that there are people out there with big hearts who want to help those who can't help themselves!

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  18. Thank you for all the help you've given to the Animal Rescue Program and the animals under their care. It was a pleasure to be at Penelope's release and I'm sure you must have felt proud to be the one opening the door to send her back to the ocean. It was the first release I'd been able to attend and I hope to be able to go to more in the future.

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  19. This is such a beautiful and sweet post.

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  20. Sarah - what size did you get in your Barbour? I like the way it fits you and we are very similar size/height. thank you so much!!!

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