Progress! MWP has moved to a training pool. In a few days, he'll be able to graduate to a pre-release pool, once he's a little more comfortable.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2009
Admitted on: 2020/06/26
Collection Site: Port Mellon, BC
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation
Weight at Admission: 7.6 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 50 days (1 month, 2 weeks, 5 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.
You can help us care for MWP and the more than 100 marine mammals we rescue, rehabilitate and release every year by symbolically adopting him today with a small donation to the rescue centre.
Pre-Release Pool MWP has demonstrated that he is confident eating fish on his own 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.
MWP seems to have settled in nicely. He was quite active today, alert and curious ─ all good signs!