Marlin has the most beautiful coat, and generally seems to have a sweet temperament. However, he is in the early stages of fish school and was much feistier with his fish today. A good sign for a wild animal! Looks like we're raising a good little predator here.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1990
Admitted on: 2019/08/09
Collection Site: Stanley Park
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 9.1 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 74 days (2 months, 1 week, 6 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 Marlin Gaye has demonstrated that he is confident eating fish on his and that he can compete for food with other harbour seals. He has been moved to a larger pool where he can further test and improve his skills. He will move between pools as he progresses further and develops his skills until he reaches his 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.