MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2166

Admitted on: 2021/07/23

Collection Site: Nanaimo

Reason for Admission: Maternal separation; Dehydrated; Emaciated

Weight at Admission: 7.35 kg

Patient Status: released

Time in Care: 86 days (2 months, 3 weeks, 4 days)

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Norm's Heli


Release Date: 2021/10/17

Release Site: Porteau Cove

Release Weight: 25.5 kg

Patient Updates

Sprout was released after 86 days in our care.

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

Sprout is currently in a pool learning how to compete with other seals his size. He is well on his way to being released!

We caught up with Sprout just after lunch and watched him suckle on his flipper...

Sprout is getting ready for a bath...

Guestbook for Sprout

  1. Hi Sprout- I hope you grow big and strong and live up to your cute name. The wonderful staff at MMRC will give you lots of love and TLC. They will give you the best care so stay strong and be brave okay? Hope to check on you and see you’ve grown real big and healthy soon.

  2. Good morning Sprout! I am one of your “grandmothers” that found you last Friday morning on our boat dock at Brechin Point in Nanaimo. You had us so worried. You were so quiet, favouring your right flipper and sadly sucking on a tire, hoping for nourishment. Your “grandfather” was able to contact help, and so thankful that so many caring souls came to your rescue. Thank you to the pilots, the aquarium staff, and all the volunteers!! Get strong little lady, hope to see you soon..xxxx
    ( thank you for the updates, we check daily for your progress)

  3. And I’m another one of the grandmothers that found you last week. It was lucky for us that we came down to the dock early last Saturday but it was luckier for you as we found a very sick and hungry seal pup tucked in beside the outrigger. The good people at the MMR have named you Sprout which is a fine name because we all know that little sprouts, when given careful care, will grow and thrive and that is our wish for you.
    Thanks to Marielle at the Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Salt Spring for helping connect you with good-hearted and generous Norm who flew you in his helicopter to Vancouver. Your first helicopter ride! Sincere thanks to the staff and volunteers at the MMR who continue to care for you and love you lots.

  4. Love the video of our “Grandseal Sprout”!!
    Soon you will be playing in the water !

  5. We hope you’re doing really well, Sprout. and having fun with Noodles.
    3 cheers for all of the people who are looking after you.

    Ari and Mylo from Vancouver

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