Sam has left quarantine, is eating fish on his own and will soon move to a pool.
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.
You can help us care for Sam 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.
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.
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.