Spiny is eating fish on his own now ─ and putting on some weight!
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: 38 days (1 month, 1 week, 1 day)
Current Habitat: In Quarantine
Every seal that arrives at the rescue centre is placed in a tub under quarantine. This is the first temporary home for each new arrival, where they remain for at least 14 days before they are moved to a larger tub.
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.
Fish School Spiny Kobi is now in fish school. He is currently learning how to eat fish on his own. All pups are initially hand-fed, but later fish is just thrown into their tub to give them an opportunity to dive for, grab and swallow the fish whole, head first. It's something all pups need to learn, and it requires quite some skill. Eventually, Spiny Kobi will eat entirely on his own at which point he will graduate from fish school.
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!