Domesticated seal waits for permanent home at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center

A 200-pound gray seal is one of the newest residents at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine after experts determined he can not be released into the wild.

A 200-pound gray seal is one of the newest residents at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine after experts determined he can not be released into the wild. (8/2/13)

BRIGANTINE - A 200-pound gray seal is one of the newest residents at the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine after experts determined he can not be released into the wild.

Experts believe the seal was taken into someone's home as a pup and domesticated in a pool or bathtub, then set back into the ocean when he got too big.

The seal was first spotted on a beach in North Carolina, where he let beachgoers hand-feed him.

He then made his way to Virginia Beach, where people were seen scratching his belly and petting him.

The seal is waiting for the federal government to find an aquarium or zoo to call his new home.

 

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