Aquarium Seal ‘Charlotte’ Passes Away

August 29, 2018 | 10 Comments

The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo [BAMZ] and Bermuda Zoological Society [BZS] said they are “sad to report the passing of our much loved and oldest seal Charlotte.”

“Born in 1983, at the Huntsman Marine Lab of New Brunswick, Canada, she was the mother to two of our seals: Calico and Ariel,” BAMZ said.

Seal Bermuda August 2018 (1)

“At the venerable age of 35, Charlotte was already beyond Harbor seal lifespan of approximately 25-30 years when she began to show signs of illness.

“BAMZ staff actively treated her for several weeks before deciding to stop and keep her comfortable. She was active, eating small amounts and loved back and belly rubs from her keepers right up until the end.”

Seal Bermuda August 2018 (2)

“In the early hours of Thursday, 23rd August she passed away peacefully in the seal habitat, surrounded by her daughters. An examination was conducted, and it was determined that she died of complications from cancer.”

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  1. Hope says:

    Very sad. Does BMZ breed seals in Bermuda? Presumably they did at some point, or did mother and daughters all arrive here together?

    • Wahoo says:

      I believe the two daughters-especially the first were a bit of a surprise. Both parents (Archie and Charlotte) likely lived far longer than a wild Harbor Seal would have.

      • sage says:

        They probably would have preferred to be free for 20yrs than in a swimming pool for 35. Good to mention Archie her mate, who I’m guessing predeceased his girl, since no mention was made of him in the article.

  2. some dude says:

    –“BAMZ staff actively treated her for several weeks before deciding to stop and keep her comfortable. She was active, eating small amounts and loved back and belly rubs from her keepers right up until the end.”

    IM NOT CRYING, YOU ARE….. :’(

  3. puzzled says:

    Well if she was from Canada…….

    Seals don’t live nor frequent Bermuda.

    Stick with local atlantic aquatic life.

  4. trufths says:

    Sweet Charlotte. Such a beautiful creature. Rest in peace.

  5. JCS says:

    Having helped with seal feeding at the Aquarium for many years as a volunteer I’m very sad to hear about the death of Charlotte. To many they are probably just lumps of blubber, but those of us who worked with them over the years, they were very special.

  6. Kathy says:

    If she lived longer than the avearage life of a seal, she didn’t do too bad after all. She had a good life in Bermuda and was well cared for and loved. When I die, I wouldn’t mind coming back as a seal at BAMZ. Just wish the pen was at a minimum 2 or 3 times the size it is.

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