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!
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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Harbour Air
Date Weight in kg
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.
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.