Bradley eats fish on his own now, but his technique still needs a bit of work.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV1997
Admitted on: 2019/08/19
Collection Site: Stanley Park
Reason for Admission: Marine mammal disturbance; Underweight; Dehydrated
Weight at Admission: 8.6 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 84 days (2 months, 3 weeks, 3 days)
Current Habitat: Stickleback Pool
This is a large pre-release pool that houses many patients. Animals that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a larger pool like this where they can learn how to compete for fish and socialize with other harbour seals.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance
Pre-Release Pool Bradley Grouper 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.
Bradley is still in fish school and will hopefully soon make it to the next step, a training pool. For now, though, he seems to be very comfortable...
Bradley is described as a "rolly" seal, meaning that he likes to roll on his back when being fed his milk matrix. Practicum students and volunteers aren't too impressed when he does that. It makes every feed quite the challenge!