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Rescued grey seal with cataracts finds new home at Aquarium of Niagara

A visually impaired grey seal was found stranded off the Long Island coast last year.

The seal now has a new home at the Aquarium of Niagara.

Photo Gallery: Young seal with cataracts finds a home at Aquarium Niagara

The 2-year-old is named Medusa, and she arrived at the aquarium in early January from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, the aquarium announced.

Medusa has cataracts in both eyes. After she was found in March 2016, she was deemed visually impaired and not able to be released back into the wild, according to the aquarium.

Medusa weighs 90 pounds and will grow to 300 pounds. The marine center on Long Island taught her how to take eye drops for her cataracts, as well as other husbandry behaviors.

She is being trained in Niagara Falls with a "target pole," which allows her to follow the tapping of the pole and her trainers' voices, aquarium officials said in a news release.

The Aquarium of Niagara is one of a dozen facilities in North America who house grey seals. A little more than year ago, the aquarium welcomed a blind gray seal named Della. A harbor seal named Sandy, who also has cataracts, also lives at the aquarium.

Della, a blind gray seal, now calls Niagara Falls aquarium home

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