Shoebert the seal leaves Beverly Pond, waddles to the police station


“Shoebert appeared to be in good health and was a little sassy early in the morning.”

Crews attempted to rescue Shoebert the seal from Shoe Pond in Beverly on Thursday. JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

  • Video: Crews try to rescue Shoebert, the seal from Shoe Pond in Beverly

Following failed rescue attempts, Shoebert – a gray seal who appeared in Beverly’s Shoe Pond over the weekend and quickly became a local celebrity – turned himself in to police early Friday morning.

At around 2:30 a.m., the seal exited the pond and drove through the Cummings Center parking lot, arriving at the side door of the Beverly Police Station, the Beverly Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.

Officer Michael Bucci told the boston globe On Friday the department received a warning call about the incoming seal.

“The Cummings Center security guard called us and said, ‘Shoebert is on his way!’ “, he says.

Soon, the department’s midnight crew, the Beverly Fire Department, Beverly Animal Control, and members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare came to Shoebert’s aid.

“We were able to get Shoebert onto a special wildlife carrier without incident,” Beverly Police said. “Shoebert appeared to be in good health and was a little sassy early in the morning.”

He was taken to the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut for observation and medical evaluation before his eventual release into the wild.

NOAA initially recommended that Beverly leave Shoebert alone, as he didn’t seem distressed and had plenty of fish and water to support himself for a while. However, Beverly Animal Control said in a Facebook post Thursday that curious onlookers walked through the warning tape put up by authorities to keep people from approaching Shoebert.

City and wildlife officials had attempted to rescue Shoebert on Thursday, but gave up for the day around 6:45 p.m.

Seal became a beloved local celebrity during his brief stint in Beverly; Danvers’ ice cream shop, Cherry Farm Creamery, named a flavor after him – “Shoebert’s Special S’more” – and Beverly’s t-shirt company Sully’s Brand, which specializes in activewear, released a Shoebert shirt.

Meanwhile, the Beverly Police Department’s post announcing Shoebert’s capture racked up more than 1,400 shares in just a few hours.

“Thank you Shoebert for having faith in the BPD, you will be deeply missed by your friends here,” Beverly Police said. “Over the past week, you have brought much joy and happiness to our town. Do not hesitate to come back and visit anytime!”


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