Alfie is learning how to be a faster competitor at meal time and is really improving!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2043
Admitted on: 2020/07/25
Collection Site: Cheanuh Marina, East Sooke
Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Dehydrated; Emaciated
Weight at Admission: 9.1 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 90 days (2 months, 4 weeks, 1 day)
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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Harbour Air
You can help us care for Alfie 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 Alfie 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.
Alfie is back in "Out of Quarantine" for a bit as we need his pool and he's not fit enough yet to be transferred to the big pools. So... a little patience is in order.
After a slow start in fish school Alfie is finally in a pool!
Alfie is progressing quickly in fish school and is almost eating on his own!
Alfie requires some assistance with fish feeds still and has been a little quiet lately, but he's holding steady!
Alfie is growing up fast and soon will be weaned onto fish, but in the mean time he is very gentle and great for his formula feeds.