MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Nickname: Paddle Board

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2047

Admitted on: 2020/07/27

Collection Site: Cordoba Bay

Reason for Admission: Emaciated; Maternal separation

Weight at Admission: 9.29 kg

Patient Status: released

Time in Care: 62 days (2 months, 1 day)

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2020/07/23

Weight at Admission: 7.7 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air


Release Date: 2020/09/27

Release Site: Caulfield Park

Release Weight: 24.5 kg

Patient Updates

Merlin was released after 62 days in our care.

You can see the list of all animals released at this release in the release record.

Just moved to a pre release pool! Not much longer now!

Merlin is in a small pool with two other seals learning to compete. He is quite relaxed and even shares his fish with Penner who is a feisty competitor these days!

Merlin is incredibly handsome! (That just had to be said.) He's got a "W" marking on his face, which will make it easy to pick him out in a crowd... or so we hope ... once he enters a big pool.

Merlin is still a bit slow in fish school, but he eats on his own ─ just takes his time. And he's so handsome!

A star student in fish school! Merlin is learning quickly and practicing putting his head under water while he eats. He still needs a little bit of help but will be on his own in no time.

Guestbook for Merlin

  1. Hello pretty Merlin!
    May you have happy times at fish school and keep progressing at your own pace.
    I hope you get to be released soon 🙂

  2. Merlin is just so cute. I’m glad he’s doing great. Seems like he’s on his way to being released 🙂

  3. Merlin is adorable, why does he not have more comments. I wiash you keep recovering and catch a lot of fish so you can return home beautiful Merlin. Keep it up!

  4. You go, Merlin!!! When I would scrolled through your other sea friends pages, I always stopped by to look at you. Happy you recovered and are back swimming in the ocean! Greatest thanks to all who are the reason Merlin is back home, safe, and sound!

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