Zuma is in a pre release pool and will soon be ready for release!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2075
Admitted on: 2020/08/17
Collection Site: Saturna Island
Reason for Admission: Emaciated, dehydrated
Weight at Admission: 10.67 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 67 days (2 months, 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 Zuma and the more than 100 marine mammals we rescue, rehabilitate and release every year by symbolically adopting her today with a small donation to the rescue centre.
Pre-Release Pool Zuma has demonstrated that she is confident eating fish on her own and that she can compete for food with other harbour seals. She has been moved to a larger pool where she can further test and improve her skills. She will move between pools as she progresses further and develops her skills until she reaches her 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.
Zuma is back in "Out of Quarantine" for a moment as we need her pool and she isn't ready for a big pool yet. But she'll be back swimming with the others in no time!
Zuma flew through fish school with flying colours and is already in a pool!
Zuma is new on site but doing great, and full of attitude!