Franklin is in a pre release pool and is quickly gaining weight!
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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Harbour Air
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.
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.
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...