Small but mighty! As per his name, Spiny Kobi is a true Spinosaurus. He may be the smallest seal on site but he makes up for it with his feistiness, and he likes to show of his rows of teeth to anyone who passes by. Only having one eye has not slowed him down in the slightest, he is lightning fast when it comes to catching and eating his fish. Although he loves to swim and explore his pool, Spiny enjoys spending the majority of his spare time lying on his haul out under the warmth of his heat lamp – especially on a frosty day!
Species: Harbour Seal
Patient ID: PV2083
Admitted on: 2020/09/15
Collection Site: Jericho Beach
Reason for Admission: Eye injury; Emaciated;
Weight at Admission: 6.23 kg
Patient Status: in care
Time in Care: 72 days (2 months, 1 week, 4 days)
Current Habitat: Cali Pool
This is a pre-release pool. Animals that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a larger pool where they can learn how to compete for fish and socialize with other harbour seals.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Staff
You can help us care for Spiny Kobi 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 Spiny Kobi 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.
Spiny is eating fish on his own now ─ and putting on some weight!
Spiny still has a ways to go in his rehabilitation process. He is bright and feisty and loves his swims, but hasn’t quite figured out how to eat fish yet!