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2nd Seal in Two Weeks Dies at Woods Hole Aquarium

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LuSeal and Bumper at the Woods Hole Science Aquarium.

The Woods Hole Science Aquarium announced today the death of its second seal in ten days. The two seals had been with the aquarium since 2008.  

On July 3rd, the female seal known as LuSeal, who was 15, died of unknown causes. Today the Aquarium says the companion seal in the tank, named Bumper, has also died. No tests results have been received yet on Lucille’s death.

Bumper showed signs of falling ill on Monday morning, said Teri Frady of the NOAA Fisheries, which operates the Woods Hole Science Aquarium. Since then the staff has been providing 24-hour veterinary care.  

The Aquarium will be closed now for a few days.  It will reopen on Tuesday.

In the audio below, Steve Junker speaks with Teri Frady on the death of Bumper and the aquarium's history of keeping seals.