VAMMR Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

HF Justin Turbot

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2007

Admitted on: 2020/06/23

Collection Site: Kitty Bay

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Dehydrated

Weight at Admission: 7.15 kg

Patient Status: released

Time in Care: 71 days (2 months, 1 week, 3 days)

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air


Release Date: 2020/09/02

Release Site: Porteau Cove

Release Weight: 21 kg

Patient Updates

HF Justin Turbot was released after 71 days in our care.

You can see the list of all animals released at this release in the release record.

Justin is back where he belongs. Best of luck, buddy, you can do this!

You wouldn’t even recognize Justin now. He has gained a lot of weight and is almost ready for release!

Justin is doing very well. He's already in a training pool, figuring out how to compete for food with other seals. He seems to be getting along with his poolmate, almost too well as he was snuggling with his 'friend' rather than race for the fish around the time we took this picture.

Justin is losing all of his lanugo very rapidly. In a few days we'll hardly recognize him!

Justin seems to be doing alright. We caught him just after he's had a quick shower before lunch...

Justin is being treated with antibiotics to support his weak immune system as his facial wounds are healing. He is also given fluids as needed.

Guestbook for HF Justin Turbot

  1. We are so glad to hear that Captain Turbot arrived safely and is now being cared for by the team at the Vancouver Aquarium. We came across this little guy at Kitty Islet and were immediately concerned to see him in the logs at the high tide line. We were grateful for the quick response of the Marine Mammal Rescue team and so excited that we will be able to follow the progress of this little guy – wishing you all the best sweet baby!!
    Hannah & Luke

  2. Hello little JT! Our 3 year old named you for his fav person: Justin Trudeau. Here’s hoping you make a speedy recovery! ❤️

  3. You’ve come so far Justin! Glad to see how you’ve grown into the handsome boy you are today! Prayers for continued good health as you work toward your release! Love you! xoxo

  4. Dear HFG,
    Congrats on HF Justin Turbot’s release! He’ll do great out there with your ❤ and support behind him!

  5. Dear HFG,
    Congrats on HF Justin Turbot’s release! He’ll thrive out there with your ❤ and support behind him!

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