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Well-wishers gather for seals’ post-rehab sendoff

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Several hundred spectators gather on Charlestown Breachway State Park beach to watch as the stranding team from the Mystic Aquarium releases two juvenile Harbor seals; Brunswick, right, and Hershey Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The two young seals came to Mystic after being rescued in Maine and undergoing initial rehabilitation at the University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center in Biddeford this spring.

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Brunswick, one of two juvenile Harbor seals set to be released by the stranding team from the Mystic Aquarium at the Charlestown Breachway State Park beach, looks out of the crate at the crowd of several hundred gathered for his release Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The two young seals, Brunswick and Hershey, came to Mystic after being rescued in Maine and undergoing initial rehabilitation at the University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center in Biddeford this spring.

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Several hundred spectators gather on Charlestown Breachway State Park beach to watch as the stranding team from the Mystic Aquarium releases two juvenile Harbor seals; Brunswick, front, and Hershey Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The two young seals came to Mystic after being rescued in Maine and undergoing initial rehabilitation at the University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center in Biddeford this spring.

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Several hundred spectators gather on Charlestown Breachway State Park beach to watch as Hershey, one of two juvenile Harbor seals rehabilitated at Mystic Aquarium, swims along the beach after being released Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Hershey and another Harbor seal, Brunswick, came to Mystic after being rescued in Maine and undergoing initial rehabilitation at the University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center in Biddeford this spring.

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Spectators take photos as they gather on Charlestown Breachway State Park beach to watch as the stranding team from the Mystic Aquarium releases two juvenile Harbor seals; Hershey and Brunswick, Tuesday, October 23, 2012. The two young seals came to Mystic after being rescued in Maine and undergoing initial rehabilitation at the University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center in Biddeford this spring.

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Hershey, one of two juvenile Harbor seals rehabilitated at Mystic Aquarium, looks back toward the crowd on the beach after being released Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Hershey and another Harbor seal, Brunswick, came to Mystic after being rescued in Maine and undergoing initial rehabilitation at the University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center in Biddeford this spring.