OCEAN CITY, Md.- After months of recovery, a Rehoboth Beach seal can call the Atlantic Ocean home again.
On Thursday morning, volunteers and staff from the National Aquarium released "Sally Ride" into the water in Ocean City off 40th Street. This year, the aquarium is naming its animals after influential scientists. Sally Ride was rescued in February from Rehoboth Beach, where she was in critical condition. The aquarium says she displayed signs of dehydration, a parasitic infection and a severe seal lice infestation.
But Thursday, Sally Ride was in perfect health as she swam back out to sea.
"It's always a great feeling to be able to return a rehabilitated animal that came in medically sick back to its natural environment," says Jennifer Dittmar with the National Aquarium Rescue Team. "To be part of the healthy population that is out there."
There have been a number of marine mammal strandings in Delaware this winter. For more on that, click here.