ASLC Wildlife Response Program to Release Harbor Seal Thursday in Cordova
August 23, 2016

Seward, Alaska (August 23, 2016)– The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is pleased to announce the release of a Pacific harbor seal pup Thursday, August 25 in Cordova, Alaska. The female pup—named Qiteq (pronounced key-tuck, the Sugpiaq word for Rain)—was taken into the Wildlife Response Program on May 27, and was its first female Pacific harbor seal patient of 2016.

What:Pacific harbor seal pup release
When:Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 9:30pm
Where:Beach near Orca Adventure Lodge in Cordova, Alaska
Who:The public and media are invited to attend the event

“Qiteq’s return to Cordova is a special occasion,” said Dr. Kathy Woodie, ASLC staff veterinarian. “She has grown strong and fit, and our hopes are high for her success in the wild.”

The pup was admitted to ASLC on May 27, 2016, afteractively trying to haul out onto fishing vessels, due to possible predators or changing tides. With no adult seals in the area, it was determined she was abandoned and in need of care. She was a newborn, estimated to be two days old, and would not survive without her mother in the deeper waters.

Due to her age, the pup was initially fed a milk-based formula specially created for harbor seal pups. After her digestive system further developed she transitioned to a fish-based formula, and then graduated to catching and eating fish, under the guidance of ASLC staff.

 “We’ve been so pleased with Qiteq’s steady progress in our Wildlife Response Program,” said Dr. Woodie. “With a lot of care and support, she has made a great recovery and is ready to return to her ocean home.”

The Alaska SeaLife Center is the only wildlife response organization in Alaska authorized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to respond to and care for live marine mammals that are found injured or stranded throughout the state.

About the ASLC
Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a private, non-profit research institution and public aquarium. It generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit  

The Alaska SeaLife Center operates a 24-hour hotline for the public to report stranded marine mammals or birds,and encourages people whohave found a stranded or sick marine animal to avoid touching or approaching the animal.  Call first!  1-888-774-SEAL


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