MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2104

Admitted on: 2021/06/05

Collection Site: Lions Bay

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight

Weight at Admission: 7.3 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 54 days (1 month, 3 weeks, 3 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.

Also in Stickleback Pool with Popcorn:Can Can, Cha Cha, Jerry, Scrambled Egg, Steven Herbert, Cauliflower Jack, Hedwig

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: MMR Ambulance

Patient Progress

Pre-Release Pool Popcorn 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

Popcorn is very vocal and spends his days yelling and telling to stories to anyone/any seal who may be near by. He is holding onto his lanugo coat and has not started shedding it yet. After his feeds Popcorn often gets the hiccups and looks just like a little kernel of Popcorn - a very fitting name for him.

Guestbook for Popcorn

  1. Hi, Popcorn! Oh, sweetie, please hang in there and become nice and strong! I’ll be praying for you. <3

  2. Welcome aboard, Popcorn. I hope you are eating. swimming, and building up your strength. Be well.

  3. Hi cute Popcorn! All the new Harbour seals that have been admitted around the same time as you are all boys. I bet if you eat lots of fishes (once you learn how) you will grow strong and get to play with all the other boy seals. I bet they will love you and you will make lots of friends. The MMRC staff with give you the very best care so you are in good hands. Sending you healthy energy and positive vibes so you get will soon. You are loved and people across the world are pulling for you to heal and hopefully return to your home in the ocean. Be well Popcorn!

  4. You are so cute Popcorn! I wish you a speedy recovery and I am excited to see you grow while in care here. <3

  5. You are strong buddy and keep hope you will recovery pretty quick .

  6. Popcorn, you might be the cutest seal in the whole world! Make sure you eat lots of yummy fibsh and get strong so you can swim in the ocean with other seals soon! <3 πŸ™‚

  7. Hello dear Popcorn. We have something in common: I often have the hiccups πŸ˜‚. …and I love to talk. Be strong, you are at the right place. All my prayers and πŸ’• love.

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