Shell-en has been upgraded again, this time to a bigger pre-release pool where she's with even more harbour seal pups as she works on her 'hunting' skills...
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1939
Admitted on: 2019/07/20
Collection Site: McNeill Bay
Reason for Admission: Marine mammal disturbance
Weight at Admission: 6.65 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 94 days (3 months, 3 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: Harbour Air
Shell-en is being rehabilitated at our facility following an incident in wihch a well-meaning member of the public removed her from a beach without calling professionals for help, potentially separating her from her mother.
Pre-Release Pool Shell-en DeGeneres has demonstrated that she is confident eating fish on her and that she can compete for food with other harbour seals. She has been moved to a larger pool where she can further test and improve her skills. 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.
It seems like Shell-en can't get enough of her new "big girl pool". She's' currently learning how to compete for food with other seal pups.
Shell-en is tiny and weighed only 6.65 when she was admitted, but she's alert and curious and seems to be doing well. She is being fed a milk formula, and she should start gaining weight quickly.
We rescue, rehabilitate and release 100-150 animals like Shell-en DeGeneres every year. You can support our important mission by symbolically adopting Shell-en DeGeneres today with a small donation to the rescue centre.