MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

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.

Also in Orca Pool with Alfie:Zuma, Ark

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Symbolic Adoption

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Patient Progress

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.

Patient Updates

Alfie is learning how to be a faster competitor at meal time and is really improving!

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.

Guestbook for Alfie

  1. Handsome Alfie! Sending you love, heath and happiness! So excited to see you progress, we are rooting for you little buddy
    You are in great hands with the team at MMR, they will take the best care of you!

  2. Welcome to the family Alfie!! You are adorable. Get strong and healthy little guy, we’re rooting for you here too. And, happy birthday Jackie. What a wonderful way to celebrate.

  3. Another cute Alfie in the Hogue family! Much effort and expertise will be needed to nurse you back to good health and, hopefully, release back into the wild. If you are one of the lucky ones to be tracked, maybe one day we will see you out on the water!

  4. Good luck Alfie! We miss you at Cheanuh and hope to see you back here soon.

  5. We are happy to help care for Alfie to also celebrate Jackie’s birthday 😍🥳🎶 Sabrina, Karyn and Dan

  6. Precious Alfie! can’t wait to hear that you are eating fish all on your own and look forward to watching you grow up! well done Jackie and Happy Birthday to you!

  7. Hi Alfie- cheering for you my friend! Keep up the good work on learning to eat your fish. They will make you strong and healthy so you can transfer to a big pool! Yay! That means your on your way to being all well and can venture out to your ocean home. Prayers and love to you my friend, Alfie.

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