MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2015

Admitted on: 2020/07/05

Collection Site: Blackie Spit, Surrey

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight

Weight at Admission: 9.81 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 41 days (1 month, 1 week, 3 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.

Also in Orca Pool with Beau:Dougie, Sam, Alice Chanel, Ligo, Loomster, Peachie, MWP, Dexter, HF Justin Turbot, Lisa

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Staff

Symbolic Adoption

You can help us care for Beau 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.

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Patient Progress

Pre-Release Pool Beau 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.

Patient Updates

Beau has been fully weaned, but he still requires some encouragement in fish school.

Beau is being described as a "very good boy" ─ meaning that he's learning quickly, is already being weaned and will be on fish tomorrow!

Beau seems to be an easy patient. He's rather sweet, doing really well and gaining weight.

Guestbook for Beau

  1. Our family were at Blackie Spit yesterday and saw Beau. Some children had called the rescue and had made a large circle in the sand for people to give him space. He looked so tiny. Thank you to your staff an volunteers for caring for this baby.

  2. We are the family who phone in about Beau being stranded at Blackie Spit. We were just checking the website to see how he was. My girls really fell in love with him. Thank you for all you do for marine mammals! Any updates you could send are welcome.

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