MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2031

Admitted on: 2020/07/17

Collection Site: Port Hardy

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Log boom

Weight at Admission: 7.47 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 188 days (6 months, 5 days)

Current Habitat: Rockfish Pool

This is a large pre-release pool that houses many patients. Animals that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a larger pool like this where they can learn how to compete for fish and socialize with other harbour seals.

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Pacific Coastal Airlines

Patient Progress

Pre-Release Pool Sammy has demonstrated that she is confident eating fish on her own and that she can compete for food with other harbour seals. She has been moved to a larger pool where she can further test and improve her skills. She will move between pools as she progresses further and develops her skills until she reaches her 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

Sammy is still one of the smallest seals on site. She loves to swim and race around the pool and is great when it comes to competing for fish. She can easily out catch her pool mate that are nearly twice her size! Sammy is gaining weight every week but she still has some time to go before release!

Sammy has been moved to a new pool with her friend Bob. She is slowly gaining weight and becoming a faster competitor at meal time. She loves to play under the hose when her pool is being refilled.

A staff favourite for sure, Sammy might be the sweetest seal on site! She has made great progress in fish school and hopefully will be eating on her own soon!

Sammy's a staff favourite; currently housed in one of the largest tubs on site until she's fit for a pre-release pool. She enjoys her extended swims!

Sammy is showing some improvement in fish school! She is still a ways away from eating on her own but she is getting there. She loves her swims and playing with the hoses.

Sammy is still in fish school but making progress!

Sammy is *VERY* slowly progressing through fish school. and eats fish with a lot of help from staff.

Sammy is very vocal during meal time and she tells stories to her feeders through a series of growls and grunts.

Guestbook for Sammy

  1. We will be following Sammy from Australia! My sister found him and what a coincidence you named him Sammy. That’s my son’s name too!

  2. Hi Sammy! Keep swimming and getting strong by eating your fish. You are brave and lots of people are hoping you feel your best very soon. Love, prayers and healthy thoughts coming your way sweet Sammy!

  3. Thank you everyone at MMR for making it possible for Sammy to grow up and be the seal she was meant to be, you are all heros ! It was heart breaking to watch her lonely and scared when she was first separated from her mother and I am so grateful you made it possible for me to rescue her. I hope she continues to thrive and bring you all joy and graduate to the big ocean pool where she belongs.

  4. Yay! My friend adopted Sammy for me for xmas! this is soooo sweet. I can’t wait to hear about the December update! How is Sammy doing now?

  5. Hi cutie! Its been a while since I checked in on you for an update so I hope you are doing well. I hope you’ve been eating lots of fish and you are getting stronger and more healthy every day. I know a lot of your buddies have gone back to the Ocean and its probably a little lonelier than used to be. Just know that people around the world are pulling for you and sending you lots and lots of love, okay? Be well my seal friend.

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