Swimmy has already made it into a big pool!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV19106
Admitted on: 2019/09/01
Collection Site: Merville
Reason for Admission: Emaciated
Weight at Admission: 8.9 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 71 days (2 months, 1 week, 4 days)
Current Habitat: Stickleback Pool
This is a large pre-release pool that houses many patients. Animals that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a larger pool like this where they can learn how to compete for fish and socialize with other harbour seals.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Pacific Coastal Airlines
Pre-Release Pool Swimmy Fallon 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.
Swimmy earned his reputation as "not so swimmy" Swimmy Fallon as he doesn't really seem to like water that much at all. During swims he just sits in his tub, waiting for it to be over. Well, he'll figure out how to be a seal eventually. He just needs some time...