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