MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Reef Witherspoon

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV1935

Admitted on: 2019/07/17

Collection Site: Boundary Bay

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight

Weight at Admission: 6.9 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 35 days (1 month, 4 days)

Current Habitat: Rockfish 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.

Also in Rockfish Pool with Reef Witherspoon:Okapi, Tina Turtle, Sean Cannery, Sharkira, Scuba Gooding Jr.

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Staff

Patient Progress

Pre-Release Pool Reef Witherspoon has demonstrated that she is confident eating fish on her own. She has been moved to a larger pool where she can learn how to compete for fish with other harbour seals. She will move between pools as she progresses further and develops her skills until she reaches her 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

In a big step for Reef, she's moved into a pre-release pool to learn how to compete for fish with other harbour seal pups. She really seems to enjoy the full-time access to water...

Reef is progressing normally. She's gaining weight... and she seems to be a feisty one! At the very least she's quite vocal...

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