Megalodonna looks a bit shy in the largest pre-release pool, but she's made it this far! She'll soon be ready for release...
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1960
Admitted on: 2019/07/29
Collection Site: Jericho beach, Vancouver
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Lethargic
Weight at Admission: 9.15 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 85 days (2 months, 3 weeks, 3 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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance
Pre-Release Pool Megalodonna 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.
Megalodonna has made a big step towards successful rehab and has moved to a bigger pool where she is learning to compete for fish.
Megalodonna isn't exactly the most ferocious predator. Actually, she doesn't seem to like her prey at all. This is her examining a fish... that she doesn't want to touch.