MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV1945

Admitted on: 2019/07/22

Collection Site: Thetis Island

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation

Weight at Admission: 10.1 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 30 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.

Also in Orca Pool with Bonobo:Impala, Walrus, Hippopotamus, Oprah Finfrey, Seal-ine Dion, Leonardo DiPuprio, Tuna Fey

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2019/07/21

Weight at Admission: 9.7 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Patient Progress

Pre-Release Pool Bonobo 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

Bonobo has been in isolation for a bit (suspected infectious disease), but he's already eating fish and otherwise progressing normally.

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