MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Franklin

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2050

Admitted on: 2020/07/27

Collection Site: Canoe Bay

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight

Weight at Admission: 7.1 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 88 days (2 months, 3 weeks, 6 days)

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.

Also in Stickleback Pool with Franklin:Saucy, Boomer

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Symbolic Adoption

You can help us care for Franklin 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.

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Patient Progress

Pre-Release Pool Franklin 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

Franklin is in a pre release pool and is quickly gaining weight!

Franklin spent a little extra time in fish school but is now in a pool! He is very sweet and likes to share his fish rather than compete but he is learning quickly.

It took a while but Franklin has finally figured out that fish are food not friends. He is eating on his own and doing well!

Franklin has very strong opinions on a variety of subjects, and is not shy about voicing them. He's not the smartest student in fish school, though.

We don't know for sure, but it looks like Franklin is enjoying himself. Either way, he's making good progress.

Franklin is a tiny guy with a very deep voice. He's quite vocal and has a lot to say...

Guestbook for Franklin

  1. Glad to see Franklin is in the care he needs! Looking forward to watching his progress as the days pass! Thank you for all that you do to care for these little creatures

  2. Franklin’s Muma was apparently seen eaten by a sea lion, he then spent about 5-6 days swimming around the marina by himself. We noticed him getting weaker and skinnier and eventually he would just lay exhausted on the shore feeling scared. That’s when we contacted MMR and sent in some photos! They were here to his rescue within a couple of hours and he was apparently flown by harbour air to the rescue centre. So happy to see updates on his recovery, please keep them coming! Thank you :D.

  3. Franklin homies are routing for you! Leila has a strong voice too, maybe you will meet her in swim school.

  4. You will catch on Franklin, maybe Lelia can help you catch on in fish school. School can be tough, keep speaking up they say the squeaky seal gets the meal! Lol, Franklin’s homies are rooting for you!

  5. Yeay!!! Franklin, I got very busy this week catching my own fish. We are so happy to hear you finally figured out fish are to eat: I do understand that it is hard not to be a friend, I’d rather eat veggies too!

  6. You are doing great Franklin!!! I’m so glad to hear you have a few friends to play with!!

  7. Hi Franklin,

    We hope you are doing good with your new friends! Cannot wait to hear more about your progress!

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