VAMMR Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

The Cod Father

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV19100

Admitted on: 2019/08/21

Collection Site: Stanley Park

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Wounds

Weight at Admission: 8.65 kg

Patient Status: released

Time in Care: 64 days (2 months, 3 days)

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance


Release Date: 2019/10/24

Release Site: Brunswick Beach

Release Weight: 23.9 kg

Patient Updates

The Cod Father was released after 64 days in our care.

You can see the list of all animals released at this release in the release record.

The Cod Father is now getting ready for the move to a big pre-release pool. He and his 'training buddy' Gazelle are currently learning how to compete for fish with other seals.

The Cod Father has already gained some weight.

The Cod Father seems to have perked up quite a bit. He was much more active today when we checked in on him.

The Cod Father seems to be getting used to the rescue centre routine. His head wound is very sensitive still, so staff are very careful when handling him.

The Cod Father was admitted with a large head wound and several wounds on his hind flippers. He is housed in the "comfort section" of our quarantine unit and is receiving antibiotics and anti-inflammatory/pain medication. As you can see, he is also under infrared light overnight to keep him comfortable.

Guestbook for The Cod Father

  1. His little facial expression is so endearing and heartbreaking, he looks like he’s holding back tears (I know I’m putting human emotion onto this little guy, but look at that face!). I hope he finds friends and a support system when he’s released back into the wild? Is that what normally happens? Reading this poor little guy was ‘lonely’ and then seeing that face makes me want to squeeze him tight! Good luck little guy! xoxo

  2. Hi The Cod Father you look so cuuuute! I want to hug you and give you kisses all over. I hope you get well very soon ❤

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