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: in care

Time in Care: 25 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: 2021/07/02

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

Patient Progress

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

Patient Updates

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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