VAMMR Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Moira

Patient Record

Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Patient ID: CC2401

Admitted on: 2024/02/04

Collection Site: Pedder Bay, BC

Reason for Admission: Cold-shocked and Hyperthermic

Weight at Admission: 36.22 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 136 days (4 months, 2 weeks)

Current Habitat: In Quarantine

Every seal that arrives at the rescue centre is placed in a tub under quarantine. This is the first temporary home for each new arrival, where they remain for at least 14 days before they are moved to a larger tub.

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance

Story

On February 4, 2024, our team was alerted to a loggerhead sea turtle in distress, found floating in a kelp bed in the cold waters near Pedder Bay, about 40 minutes from Victoria, BC. The turtle, now nicknamed Moira, was in a critical state when discovered, prompting an immediate response from local authorities and marine biologists. This incident marks only the second time a loggerhead sea turtle has been reported in BC waters, highlighting the rarity of such events and the importance of swift conservation efforts. Loggerhead sea turtles are a federally protected species in the USA, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act since 1978, underscoring the significance of Moira's rescue and rehabilitation. Learn more about her rescue story here: https://vammr.org/rescue-news/moiras-rescue/

Name

Moira was named after Moira Rose, a fictional character in the award-winning Canadian television show Schitt's Creek.

Symbolic Adoption

You can help us care for Moira and the more than 100 marine mammals we rescue, rehabilitate and release every year by symbolically adopting her today with a small donation to the rescue centre.

Adopt Moira

Patient Updates

After her initial care at our VAMMR hospital, Moira was recently transferred to one of the Vancouver Aquarium’s behind-the-scenes quarantine pools. This move was made to accommodate Moira’s warm water environmental requirements. As a result, Moira's body temperature has stabilized at 26 degrees Celsius.

While Moira still has a long road to recovery, she continues to progress well and recently completed an important milestone - eating! Her first meals have consisted of surf clam, squid, and shrimp. It is our hope that she can be released in warmer waters later this year.

Guestbook for Moira

  1. Hi Moira- You’ve been in the wonderful care of VAMMRC for 4 months now, so I hope you are feeling much better! Hope you have been eating lots and growing stronger every day!

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