BEVERLY – Ahanging out in a pond in Beverly went to the police station at night and turned himself in.
“Shoebert,” as he’s been nicknamed, had been in Shoe Pond for the past week. Authorities hoped he would swim back to the ocean alone.
Instead, he crawled out of the pond early Friday morning and went to the police station on his own.
In a Facebook post, police said he “driven through the Cummings Center parking lot at 2:30 a.m. and came to the side door of the precinct for some help.”
“Within a short time, the all-night shift, Beverly Animal Contol, members of NOAA, International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Beverly Fire Department came to the rescue of Shoebert. We were able to get Shoebert into a dedicated wildlife carrier without incident. Shoebert seemed in good health and was a bit cheeky in the early morning hours,” they wrote in the post.
Shoebert was later taken to the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut for “observation and eventual medical care for his future release into the wild.”
A spokesperson for the aquarium told WBZ-TV that this seal has a roaming history. Shoebert ran aground on the Cape in 2018 and was rescued, tagged and later released off the coast of Rhode Island. He had another label with him this week and they were able to trace him back to the 2018 rescue. His name was Jekyll then.
However, he is always welcome back in Beverly.
“Thank you Shoebert for your trust in the BPD, you will be sorely missed by your friends here. The past week brought you much joy and happiness to our city. Feel free to come back and visit anytime!” police wrote.