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In a sad follow up to the story posted this morning, Hope, the bearded seal who swam all the way from the Arctic to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, died at Sea World this afternoon. Scientists do not yet know his exact cause of death, but he was significantly dehydrated, malnourished and exhausted when he was captured.

Hope was reportedly on his way to Zihuatanejo, Mexico to meet his old prison buddy, Red, when he was captured A 350-lb bearded seal–named “Hope” by his cheese-ball human rescuers–has been taken into captivity off the coast of Florida, near Ft. Lauderdale. After eluding his rescuers for two days, Hope finally succumbed to their efforts,…