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Life Stage: unknown
Release Date: 2013-10-20 12:00:00
Release Location: Sandbridge Beach
Last Location: 2014-04-20 21:56:44
Rooney stranded on December 21, 2012 near Cape Cod, MA and was suffering from the effects of cold-stunning (hypothermia). Rooney was initially transported to the New England Aquarium, then to the National Aquarium for long-term rehabilitation on December 23, 2012. Rooney suffered from a deep wound behind the right front flipper that required two surgeries to manage and remove infected tissue. While in rehab for 10 months, Rooney gained 19 lbs and enjoyed a diet of lean fish, squid, shrimp, and plenty of blue crabs. Rooney was released on October 20, 2013 in conjunction with the Virginia Aquarium Foundation at Sandbridge, VA.
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