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Bearded Seal Named By Shaktoolik Students At ASLC

first_imgAfter being treated by ASLC’s Wildlife Response Team, Saktuliq’s condition has greatly improved. She has more than doubled her weight since arriving at the Center in April from 23 kg to 68 kg. Saktuliq is now visible in the Center’s I.Sea.U critical care unit. In a release from ASLC, before the seal could be transported south, school children in the village took it upon themselves to ensure the seal wasn’t harassed by people and pets. In honor of the community of Shaktoolik, ASLC requested that the students name the seal. Since this is one of the few bearded seal pups in ASLC’s history, a special formula was created for her with the vet staff taking elements from walrus, harbor seal, and fish gruel formulas. Chloë Rossman Communications Coordinator for ASLC: “Upon arrival to the Center, ASLC staff noted the pup was extremely underweight. Adding weight onto a young bearded seal is no simple task. In the wild, bearded seal pups gain three times their weight within a few weeks of birth, indicating mother’s milk has a high fat content.” Elementary bilingual teacher, Ethel Fuller: “Saktuliq means ‘scattered things. Our village is one of the oldest villages in Alaska and quite historical. Naming this seal Saktuliq will help honor our home and community.”last_img

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