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: in care

Time in Care: 56 days (1 month, 3 weeks, 4 days)

Current Habitat: Halibut Pool

Patients that have already demonstrated that they can eat fish on their own are placed in a pool where they can learn how to compete with other animals. This is one of the smaller pools with a haul-out platform in the centre. It can only fit a few animals and is a good starting point for patients that have never been housed with another seal.

Also in Halibut Pool with Sprout:Noodles

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Norm's Heli

Patient Progress

"Training" Pool Sprout has demonstrated that he is confident eating fish on his own. He has been moved to a small pool that fits up to 3 animals where he can learn how to compete for fish with other harbour seals. He will move to a larger pool once he is confident enough.

Patient Updates

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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