Alice looks great in her pre-release pool. She's gained quite a bit of weight since we last saw her, too!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2013
Admitted on: 2020/07/02
Collection Site: Esquimalt Lagoon
Reason for Admission: Marine mammal disturbance; Underweight
Weight at Admission: 8.65 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 44 days (1 month, 1 week, 6 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 Alice Chanel and the more than 100 marine mammals we rescue, rehabilitate and release every year by symbolically adopting her today with a small donation to the rescue centre.
Ready for Release This is almost it. Alice Chanel has reached the release weight and demonstrated normal behaviour and the ability to forage for fish on her own. She will be given a final check-up by the veterinary team before her release date. If she hasn't been tagged already, a tag will be attached to her hind flipper to identify her to us and authorities should she ever be sighted again. A release site will be chosen that provides relative safety and enough food to give her the best chance of survival. Alice Chanel will be released shortly after. Please note that in the interest of a successful release, to avoid too many distractions for the animals, and due to limited space, the rescue centre cannot accommodate individual requests by members of the public to be present at the release. We will also not publish a release date or location before the release has taken place.
Alice has left quarantine, is eating fish on her own but still under observation.
Alice is making very good progress. She's rather unremarkable in that she's not a troublemaker during feeds. She's healthy for the most part and gaining weight.