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Life Stage: unknown
Release Date: 2013-10-20 12:36:05
Release Location: Sandbridge Beach
Last Location: 2014-06-28 20:35:40
Portsmouth was accidentally hooked on a fishing line at the Oeanview Fishing Pier on July 4, 2013 and admitted to the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program. Portsmouth swallowed a fishing hook that was successfully removed by surgery. During the procedure, veterinary staff noticed a second hook from a previous fisheries interaction, but could only remove part of the second hook. Portsmouth was transferred to the National Aquarium on August 6, 2013 for continued rehabilitation and a second surgery to remove the remaining portion of the second hook. Portsmouth gained 6 lbs while in rehabilitation and was very excited to finally be able to enjoy a diet of blue crabs after the second surgery. Portsmouth was released on October 20, 2013 in conjunction with the Virginia Aquarium Foundation at Sandbridge, VA.
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