MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Fin Diesel

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV1918

Admitted on: 2019/07/03

Collection Site: Hardy Island

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Lethargic

Weight at Admission: 9.3 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 228 days (7 months, 2 weeks, 1 day)

Current Habitat: Coho Pool

Patients that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a pool where they can learn how to compete with other animals. This is one of the smaller pools with a haul-out platform in the centre. It can only fit a few animals and is a good starting point for patients that have never been housed with another seal.

Also in Coho Pool with Fin Diesel:Bill Fry the Science Guy

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Pacific Coastal Airlines

Patient Progress

Pre-Release Pool Fin Diesel 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.

Patient Updates

Fin has rejoined the general population of a pre-release pool and is looking chunky & healthy. Yay Fin!

Fin is back in a big pool - this time his own!

Fin has been temporarily removed from the pre-release pool because he was being bullied by other seals. He will return to the population in another group composition soon. In the meantime, he is enjoying his own little private mini pool with access to saltwater.

Fin has recovered from eye surgery and has joined a few 'friends' in a bigger pool.

Fin is recovering from eye surgery. He has is own pool for now to give him a little peace and quiet.

Fin has made the big leap into a big pool, with a bunch of new friends whom he will be competing for food with in this next stage of learning...

Fin's made good progress. He's already gained quite a bit of weight!

There are a few things staff is keeping an eye on, but Fin seems to be doing okay. He's gaining weight (nearly 1 kg since he was admitted), and he's got a lot of tiny teeth erupting right now.

Guestbook for Fin Diesel

  1. We were watching from our bluff a group of Orca’s close to shore diving and circling rapidly,feeding behavior, from out of the center of the orca’s swam this tiny new born seal , it made it to shore but its mother didn’t survive. Good Luck Fin !

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