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: in care

Time in Care: 30 days

Current Habitat: Out of Quarantine

Once a patient has spent some time in quarantine and been given a clean bill of health, they are moved to a larger and deeper tub and leave quarantine. Here they can improve their skills until they are moved to a pool with other harbour seals.

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2021/08/11

Weight at Admission: 8.2 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Patient Progress

Fish School Saltarello 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, Saltarello will eat entirely on his own at which point he will graduate from fish school.

Patient Updates

There are no updates for Saltarello yet, but we are working on it. Please check back soon...

Please do not contact the rescue centre for updates. The information published here is the latest, and we will publish more updates as they become available.

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

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