MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Algae Wong

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV1953

Admitted on: 2019/07/25

Collection Site: Esquimalt Lagoon

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation

Weight at Admission: 8.25 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 27 days

Current Habitat: Out of Quarantine

Once a patient has spent some time in quarantine and been given a clean bill of health, they are moved to a larger and deeper tub and leave quarantine. Here they can improve their skills until they are moved to a pool with other harbour seals.

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air


Date Weight in kg

2019/07/25 8.25

2019/07/27 8.35

2019/07/30 9.1

2019/08/03 10.05

Patient Progress

Fish School Algae Wong is now in fish school. She is currently learning how to eat fish on her own. All pups are initially hand-fed, but later fish is just thrown into their tub to give them an opportunity to dive for, grab and swallow the fish whole, head first. It's something all pups need to learn, and it requires quite some skill. Eventually, Algae Wong will eat entirely on her own at which point she will graduate from fish school.

Patient Updates

Algae still has a few things to learn in fish school. She wants the fish... she just prefers to be fed. Well, we'll work on that, and she'll be eating fish in no time!

Algae showed signs of severe dehydration, so she received plenty of fluids after being admitted. She also had an infection that is still being treated with antibiotics. Otherwise, she's progressing normally and will hopefully gain some weight soon.

Guestbook for Algae Wong

  1. Such a sweet little critter that one of my friends found. So happy that she was found and is in good care.

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