Ja-Cod in the big pool. He's doing great, and very handsome!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV19101
Admitted on: 2019/08/26
Collection Site: Beach Grove, Tsawwassen
Reason for Admission: Underweight; Wounds; Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 10.4 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 77 days (2 months, 2 weeks, 3 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: Staff
Pre-Release Pool Ja-Cod Tremblay has demonstrated that he is confident eating fish on his and that he can compete for food with other harbour seals. He has been moved to a larger pool where he can further test and improve his skills. He will move between pools as he progresses further and develops his skills until he reaches his release weight. It can take just a few weeks or several months before a patient is ready for release, depending on health status and treatment plan, weight gain and transport availability.
Ja-Cod is still in the "comfort aisle" of the quarantine area, but he looks a lot better now than he did just a few weeks ago.
Ja-Cod is still in quarantine. His last bloodwork no longer shows any evidence of inflammation, so he is now off his antibiotics. Staff are still monitoring him for any signs of disease.