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