Loomster is in Orca pool where is he gaining weight and getting ready for release.
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2011
Admitted on: 2020/06/29
Collection Site: White Rock
Reason for Admission: Emaciated; Marine mammal disturbance
Weight at Admission: 9 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 84 days (2 months, 3 weeks, 2 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: Staff
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Pre-Release Pool Loomster 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.
Loomster may have been slow to learn in fish school, but is now a great competitor in his pre release pool.
Loomster has made great process and is almost eating fish on his own! Well done, Loomster!
Loomster is doing really well! He's grown & gained quite a bit weight. He's left quarantine and is progressing well.
Loomster is receiving supportive fluid but otherwise seems to be doing okay. He was alert and responsive this evening, a good sign!