MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2039

Admitted on: 2020/07/23

Collection Site: David Lam Park

Reason for Admission: Eye injury

Weight at Admission: 5.7 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 92 days (3 months, 1 day)

Current Habitat: Stickleback 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.

Also in Stickleback Pool with Boomer:Saucy, Franklin

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Private Vessel, MMR Ambulance

Symbolic Adoption

You can help us care for Boomer 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 Boomer 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

Boomer has gotten so big that he is almost ready for release. Not much longer now!

Boomer has nearly doubled his body weight since arriving at MMR, he is in a pool with other seals his size and is learning to compete for fish.

Boomer has finally graduated fish school and eating on his own! (Even if he eats a few fish backwards!)

Boomer is eating well with assistance, but would rather do it himself. He's not quite there yet, though.

Small but mighty! Boomer does not let his eye injury affect his day to day life and soon will be weaned onto fish!

Guestbook for Boomer

  1. Hey, Boomer! Glad you are doing better. I was there when you were rescued at David Lam Park. I helped the rescuers find you! And just now, I made a donation to adopt you! Congratulations on graduating fish school. Good luck in the Halibut Pool.

  2. Boomer was under some blackberry bushes on the rocks. His camouflage is amazing. It’s thanks to my dog Gemma’s big nose that I saw him. He did not look to be doing so good. Aquarium mammal relief folk were so quick to respond, but again his camo was so good Gemma’s nose made her look right at him and she whimpered. He was right in front of us all the time.

    Thank you Mammal rescue.

  3. Yay Boomer! Graduated fish school! Good for you. Funny boy, eating those fish backwards. Ah well, as long as they all go down. I hope you’re having fun in the Training pool, learning to be a great competitor and enjoying lots and lots of fish. I’m certain you’ll be on your way to a very, very big pool when you’re ready. I’m very glad you had someone looking out for you at David Lam Park (thank you Greyson for finding this little one and getting him rescued)!

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