MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Spiny Kobi

Patient Record

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: 128 days (4 months, 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.

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Staff

Patient Progress

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.

Patient Updates

Spiny is in a pre release pool but still has a while to go before he’s big enough for release. Spiny’s favourite hobby is to watch his care takers work from the dry comfort of his haul out. Having only one eye does not stop Spiny from being the fastest fish eater in his entire pool. When bored he likes to try and nibble on his neighbour Bob’s flippers through the fence that divides their pools.

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!

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!

Guestbook for Spiny Kobi

  1. Spiny Kobi, good luck in quarantine! Hope you are doing well there and showing hopeful signs for future treatment! Sending love ❤️!! Thank you to the rescuers and the people who are watching over, right now.

  2. Hugs to you Spiny! You’re in good hands, wishing you the best in your recovery! You are loved! xoxo

  3. Hi Spiny Kobi, you were named by my son and he hopes that you’ll get better soon and be released back into the wild once you recover!

  4. Have a good time and hope you do great in Fish School, Spiny Kobi!!! You got this!

  5. Hello Spiny Kobi cuttie little seal. You are so handsome already, imagine when you grow stronger. You have an amazing team by your side and all my love and prayers. ? xxx

  6. “Hi Spiny Kobi, I gave you that name, you are named after my sister Kobi (I gave her that name too), and I love Spinosaurus! I love you! I was fundraising for you for my 5th birthday my mom and dad, grandpa, grandma, and friends helped me. I fundraised $1000 for 4 month! I told people I didn’t want presents, and wanted to save a baby seal! Do the fishes swim away from you at fish school? Do they bonk you? in the head?” Koen xoxoxo

  7. Hi Spiny Kobi! Hope your eye injury is healing & you are doing well at VA! I know they will give you the best care and help you get stronger and stronger. Good luck learning to eat your fishes…”One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish” LOL. Keep swimming and being feisty and know that you are loved. Lots of love coming your way sweet Seal!!

  8. I’m so happy to hear you’re eating in your own now! Can’t wait to see more updated pictures of you!

  9. Spiny Kobi, did you swim with floating pumpkins and go ‘fish and treat’? I think I saw your picture for Halloween!

  10. hi, Spiny Kobi! I just wanted to tell you that you’re loved by so many people all over the world. I wish you and all the other living beings at MMR all the best, always!
    thank you guys so much for taking care of these little angels.
    sending you tons of love from Brazil! <3

  11. Just checking in to see how you are doing Spiny Kobi. Looks like you are still healing and getting stronger and stronger and the caretakers at MMR are taking good care of you. You are in the best place and people all over the world love and support you. Happy 2021 and I bet your back to our Ocean home very soon. Take care and be well until then!!

  12. Hi there my seal friend. Hope you are feeling well and have been eating lots of fish. They will help you gain strength so you can grow even bigger & swim even faster. Sending you big fat virtual hugs and lots and lots of love. You are doing great, keep up the good work.

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