MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Nickname: Ocean Liner

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2016

Admitted on: 2020/07/05

Collection Site: Oak Bay

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight; Dehydrated

Weight at Admission: 10.67 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 Sam:Dougie, Beau, Alice Chanel, Ligo, Loomster, Peachie, MWP, Dexter, HF Justin Turbot, Lisa

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2020/06/28

Weight at Admission: 9.07 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Symbolic Adoption

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Patient Progress

Ready for Release This is almost it. Sam has reached the release weight and demonstrated normal behaviour and the ability to forage for fish on his own. He will be given a final check-up by the veterinary team before his release date. If he hasn't been tagged already, a tag will be attached to his hind flipper to identify him to us and authorities should he ever be sighted again. A release site will be chosen that provides relative safety and enough food to give him the best chance of survival. Sam 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.

Patient Updates

Sam has left quarantine, is eating fish on his own and will soon move to a pool.

Sam is a 'slippery' patient. He doesn't want to be handled when it's time for his fish feeds, but he also can't swallow fish himself yet. So he puts up with his caretakers... with protest.

Guestbook for Sam

  1. Welcome, sweet Sam ❤ I hope you thrive at MMR, and have some fun too! There’s a big ocean waiting out there for you…

  2. My husband and I found Sam and we are so happy he is doing well learning how to eat fish.
    Keep on learning Sam ❤️

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