VAMMR Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Nickname: Mini Van

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2048

Admitted on: 2020/07/27

Collection Site: Pender Island

Reason for Admission: Underweight; Maternal separation; Lethargic

Weight at Admission: 10.03 kg

Patient Status: released

Time in Care: 73 days (2 months, 1 week, 5 days)

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2020/07/23

Weight at Admission: 8.64 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air


Release Date: 2020/10/08

Release Site: Boundary Bay Beach

Release Weight: 19.3 kg

Patient Updates

Selkie was released after 73 days in our care.

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

Selkie is in the biggest pre release pool on site an is almost ready to head back to the ocean!

Selkie is back in "Out of Quarantine" as we needed her pool, and she's not yet ready for the big pool!

After many weeks of fish school, Selkie has finally discovered that fish actually taste good! Now she can’t get enough and has been moved to a pool!

Although she has been in fish school for a few days now, Selkie has still not figured out that fish are food. She much prefers to nibble her kelp enrichment and even ice cubes. But slow progress is still progress and she will soon realize how tasty those fish are!

Selkie is progressing through fish school very slowly and with a lot of staff encouragement. She doesn't seem to like her caretakers too much...

Selkie is being described as very SASSY!!! A strong, independent seal, she doesn't want help learning how to eat fish on her own, even tho she’s incapable of feeding herself...

Guestbook for Selkie

  1. Hi Selkie, Keep up the good work! You’re adorable and loved! Stay healthy! You are loved! xoxo

  2. Love you Sassy Selkie! You are in the best place to heal. Please eat your fishes and listen to the MMRC staff b/c they are there to help you feel good and be a happy healthy Selkie! it can’t be easy so stay strong and sassy and I bet you will be just fine. Prayers, love and healing thoughts are coming to you from Texas.

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