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.
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.
Received from: (Direct to MMR)
Mode of Transport: Staff
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.
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!