MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV21108

Admitted on: 2021/08/18

Collection Site: Lasqueti Island

Reason for Admission: Dehydrated

Weight at Admission: 9.85 kg

Patient Status: released

Time in Care: 74 days (2 months, 1 week, 6 days)

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2021/08/11

Weight at Admission: 8.2 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air


Release Date: 2021/10/31

Release Site: Salt Spring Island

Release Weight: 22.2 kg

Patient Updates

Saltarello was released after 74 days in our care.

You can see the list of all animals released at this release in the release record.

Guestbook for Saltarello

  1. We met Saltarello at Lasqueti Island when he was in distress. Our friend would not relax until she contacted the appropriate rescue organizations. Her perseverance was instrumental in his rescue. We are so happy to see this update and know that he is well.

  2. Little Saltarello swam to me on the 5 Aug thinking I was Mamma Seal. He was so cute but looked so skinny and lost. His little face was staring at me in the water right in front of me only inches away. He swam all around me then he went ashore exhausted. I would like to thank the Salt Spring Island Marine Rescue for helping Saltarello during this critical time in his life. I am so happy to hear that he has advanced so quickly to fish school but I am not surprised because he is a very intelligent pup. I hope some day to see him happy swimming and playing in the Ocean with his friends. He will grow to be an handsome beautiful seal. Saltarello, you will be forever in my heart.
    It will be so nice to view him being released back in safe waters in the Ocean here on Vancouver Island.

  3. Dear little Saltarello:

    I don’t know how you made it all the way from Spring Bay beach to the barge ramp in False Bay, but I am so glad you did. I was so sadly sure that you were a goner when you disappeared the evening if the 5th and weren’t seen again. But there you were 5 days later miles away in False Bay begging for help, even skinnier and more dehydrated, with infected wounds to boot. Thank you for being such a trooper. We were so glad to be able to get you to safety.

    Trudi and Anna Smith
    Lasqueti Island

  4. Eight weeks now since we sent you off from Lasqueti, we hope for an update soon about how you are doing.

    Trudi and Anna Smith

  5. Hi Salterello- You’ve been inn the care of MMRC for a good while now and are in fish school. I bet you are a good student and have done a great job learning to compete for your food. You are probably feeling good and getting stronger and stronger every day. Keep up the good work and I bet the next time I come to check in with you they have released you back into your home the big blue ocean.

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