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In Photos: A rehabilitated porpoise returns to the sea

Vancouver Aquarium staff tend to Levi before releasing him back into the wild

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Veterinary intern Chelsea Anderson splashes water on Levi, a young adult male harbour porpoise that was rescued after being found stranded on a rock on Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island, at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre on March 27, 2013.

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Levi swims with the aide of a floating support at the rescue centre. He was a healthy weight when found but was unable to swim on his own.

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On Sept. 10, aquarium staff carry Levi, now rehabilitated, to a waiting boat in Vancouver.

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Levi was to be released back into the wild following months of rehabilitation at the aquarium after he was found beached and suffering from muscle damage and a lung infection.

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The boat makes its way to Saanich Inlet, B.C., while Levi is kept calm and moisturized.

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After a two-hour boat ride that involved constant monitoring of Levi for signs of stress and keeping him moist with wet towels, staff entered the water with the animal.

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Levi is released into the waters off Saanich Inlet, where Vancouver Aquarium staff say goodbye.

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