MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2051

Admitted on: 2020/07/27

Collection Site: Saratoga Beach

Reason for Admission: Emaciated; Maternal separation; Dehydrated

Weight at Admission: 7.62 kg

Patient Status: in care

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

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 Ark:Zuma, Alfie

Transfer History

Received from: MARS Wildlife Rescue

Original Admission: 2020/07/27

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Symbolic Adoption

You can help us care for Ark 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.

Adopt Ark

Patient Progress

Pre-Release Pool Ark 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

Ark is in the largest pre release pool on site and has gotten so big!

Ark is now in a pre release pool with 7 other seals to compete with!

Ark is now eating on his own, although he occasionally eats his fish tail first.

Ark eats his fish backwards... but he is improving.

Ark is making really good progress in fish school. He's very smart and his caretakers are very proud of him!

Ark is a tiny, skinny seal boy. Dehydrated and emaciated, he arrived a few days ago ─ but he's already made some progress and is looking much better now.

Guestbook for Ark

  1. What a sweet little face. We saw Ark on the beach before he was rescued. We are so happy to see him safe in your care.

  2. What a beautiful and precious little fellow he is. I’m so thankful he has been saved and appears to be feeling so well..

  3. He looks like a sweetie! So sorry he had to go thu this but he is a survivor!! I want to see his journey!

  4. Thank you for taking care of him.πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

  5. Hi Ark , Hope you are doing better. I and so many people wish you the best. We love you Ark. ❀️

  6. Thank you for all the care you are giving to the survival of this animal.
    Hi Ark. You are so cute. Love you!
    God bless!

  7. WOW Ark,
    You are a precious, lovely boy.
    So glad to hear you are safe. Stay strong little one.
    Thankyou to all rescue and volunteer workers looking after Ark.
    Love and Hugs from Australia.

  8. Hello my beautiful baby. I just adopted you today. When I say your cute little face, I just felt in love with you. You are a silly seal, eating your fish backward…well, some people think I am silly too!!! I am so proud of the progress you have made and I just know in my heart you will do great. I wish I could actually see you but I am grateful for all the care givers that watches over you. You are and you will always be in my heart. I love you my beautiful Ark! xoxoxoxo

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