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Riverhead Foundation to release two seals on Saturday

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation will be releasing two seals tomorrow, Saturday, June 18 at 3 p.m. under the Ponquogue Bridge in Hampton Bays. The seals are Aphrodite, a female harbor seal found to be entangled in twine at Smithpoint County Park, and Atlas, a male gray seal rescued from Lido Beach after being found with lacerations from a shark bite. Now both successfully rehabilitated, they are ready to return to their homes in the wild. Credit: Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

A gift to end all Father’s Day gifts – how about adopting a seal in dad’s name?

For a $30 donation you can get the creature’s bio, two photos and a personalized certificate of adoption from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

A female harbor seal, Aphrodite, is being released Saturday at 3 p.m. from under the bridge near Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays.

Anyone who adopts the seal and gets to the beach early enough will be able to get a photo of themselves with the seal in the background, foundation spokeswoman Rachel Bosworth said.

Aphrodite, rehabilitated after being found April 15 entangled in twine at Smith Point County Park, is being joined in her release by Atlas. He’s a male gray seal — not up for adoption, though — who was rescued March 30 from Lido Beach, suffering from shark bite lacerations.

So far this year, 11 seals, not including these two, have been released so far this year by the foundation. Some of them and others who were returned earlier to the sea – including Ares, Iron Man and Spiderman – are adoptable, according to

No worries if seals are not dad’s cup of tea. Also up for sponsorship are sea turtles, dolphins, whales and a river otter.

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