MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2124

Admitted on: 2021/07/04

Collection Site: Thetis Island

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Underweight;

Weight at Admission: 10.2 kg

Patient Status: released

Time in Care: 69 days (2 months, 1 week, 1 day)

Transfer History

Received from: IWNCC

Original Admission: 2021/07/02

Weight at Admission: 9.5 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air


Date Weight in kg

2021/07/04 10.20

2021/07/12 12.27

2021/07/17 13.23

2021/07/21 12.90


Release Date: 2021/09/11

Release Site: Iona Beach Regional Park

Patient Updates

Polka was released after 69 days in our care.

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

Polka seems to be quite curious! This is him after a quick swim...

Polka is very active and curious. Staff described his early feeds as challenging as he was quite feisty and rolling around a lot during milk matrix feeds. That said, he started fish school a while ago and is getting better at it. Not long now before he moves to a small training pool.

Guestbook for Polka

  1. Hi polka- I see your cute little and innocent face. Aren’t your big eyes precious and so full of faith. You look like your fur has changed from white to more gray and black. I love polka dots and like many of the other newly admitted baby seal pups you are named after a ballroom dance, the Polka. I hope you are gaining weight and getting healthy with the caretakers at MMRC looking after you. Sending you lots of prayers for you to get well soon little boy Polka dot.

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