MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Sloppy Joe

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2135

Admitted on: 2021/07/12

Collection Site: Boundary Bay

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation

Weight at Admission: 11.45 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 17 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: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Staff

Patient Progress

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

Patient Updates

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

Guestbook for Sloppy Joe

  1. Hi. My daughter Teya, her friend Talia and myself spent around 6 hours keeping a close eye on “Spot” as we named him. To make sure off leash dogs didn’t hurt him or coyotes which were in the field across the dyke. The birds were circling above showing an interest in Spot. And people were getting too close to him. It was a very hot day and the tide was way way out. A guy named Brad took over from us for a few hours which was awesome. Then Teya and Talia came back as the tide was coming in and Spot swam out, assumedly to Mum. We were all so happy!
    Only to find out at 6am Spot was back in exactly the same place – at risk from being hurt by coyotes, dogs, birds and humans getting way too close. So you guys came to rescue Spot. Thank you sooooooo much for all the work you do. We look forward to reading more about Spot! Emma

  2. Hi Sloppy Joe aka Spot! Thank you for sharing the rescue story of this little seal put Emma. Thank you and your daughter and her friend for keeping an eye on him so he was safe and could be rescued by MMRC. They will take the best care of you so you can grow strong and return to your home in the ocean. Be well my cute seal friend.

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