We can barely believe it, but "little" Tuna is ready for release. Next week, she will return to Haida Gwaii, where she was originally rescued from. Good luck, Tuna & do us proud!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1905
Admitted on: 2019/06/02
Collection Site: Collision Point, Masset
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Eye injury
Weight at Admission: 7.5 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 80 days (2 months, 2 weeks, 5 days)
Current Habitat: Orca Pool
This is a pool designed to accommodate cetaceans, e. g. harbour porpoise. It is also used as the largest pre-release pool, holding 160,000 litres of water. When used for harbour seal pups, those who have made it this far will soon be released. They have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own and compete with others. They are probably already tagged as well. Now they only need to gain a little bit of weight.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Pacific Coastal Airlines
Ready for Release This is almost it. Tuna Fey has reached the release weight and demonstrated normal behaviour and the ability to forage for fish on her own. She will be given a final check-up by the veterinary team before her release date. If she hasn't been tagged already, a tag will be attached to her hind flipper to identify her to us and authorities should she ever be sighted again. A release site will be chosen that provides relative safety and enough food to give her the best chance of survival. Tuna Fey will be released shortly after. Please note that in the interest of animal welfare and release success, the rescue centre cannot accommodate individual requests by members of the public to be present at the release.
"Little" Tuna has grown a lot, and gained plenty of weight. She'll need it soon to survive in the wild while she perfects her hunting skills. For now, though, she's still figuring out how to compete for fish with other seal pups...
Tiny pup in a huge pool! Tuna has been "upgraded" to a pre-release pool where she's the only patient right now.
Tuna Fey has made good progress. Her wounds are healing nicely, she's gaining weight ─ and she's began eating fish on her own!