(Rye, NH) -  A harbor seal rescued off the New Hampshire coast in October will be released back to sea over the weekend after being nursed back to health by the National Marine Life Center.

Seacoast Science Center photo

The New Hampshire  Marine Mammal Rescue Team first spotted "Oregano" on Oct. 2
at Jenness Beach in Rye. The MMRT says the seal was noticeably thin and exhibited
signs of an upper respiratory infection, among other issues.

At the time of his arrival to the NMLC, Oregano was approximately 4 months old and weighed 30 pounds. After administering antibiotics and food fortified with vitamins,
Oregano regained his health within two months and now weighs 70 pounds.

He is well enough to be returned to the sea, and will be released tomorrow afternoon at 1 at Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye.

Oregano will be the first seal rescued in New Hampshire to be released back into the state's wild.