Blue Whale still doesn't like to be handled, but she sure keeps track of what's going on. She looks rather sweet, but that's deceiving...
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1996
Admitted on: 2019/08/16
Collection Site: Galiano Island
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Dehydrated; Emaciated
Weight at Admission: 8.95 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 38 days (1 month, 1 week)
Current Habitat: Cali Pool
This is a pre-release pool. Animals that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a larger pool where they can learn how to compete for fish and socialize with other harbour seals.
Pre-Release Pool Blue Whale 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.
Blue Whale was described as an "angry pup". She was very bitey and growly when she was being fed her milk matrix. Once the tube was in place, though, she calmed down. Blue Whale is now in fish school, learning to eat fish. She likes to mash the fish before eating them...