“Pup 49” captured hearts when she came to Mystic Aquarium after suffering a life-threatening infection and needed a flipper amputation.
Now she has a new name, thanks to more than 8,000 votes cast in a public naming contest.
Aquarium volunteers who cared for Pup 49 during her rehabilitation selected five names, all names of harbors, Coral, Grace, Hope, Madison and Mystic, and the public chose Coral.
Thousands of guests have seen Coral at Mystic Aquarium’s Aquatic Animal Study Center, where she has a special ramp that helps her get out of the water with ease.
On April 28, she will then be moved off of display for training and guests can expect to see Coral again this fall.