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