MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory


Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2187

Admitted on: 2021/08/01

Collection Site: Mayne Island

Reason for Admission: Dehydrated; Emaciated;

Weight at Admission: ──

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 47 days (1 month, 2 weeks, 3 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: 2021/07/25

Weight at Admission: 7.72 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Patient Progress

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

Patient Updates

We caught up with Carioca just before lunch... he's looking good, though a bit skinny. But he will hopefully start to gain weight soon.

Guestbook for Carioca

  1. Hi Carioca- Sounds like an interesting name and one I’ve never heard of. Sending you all the love, healthy thoughts and prayers. Stay strong so you get feel better and get well soon okay?

  2. Hi Carioca- Came to check on you and saw your cute video. Looks like the wonderful staff at MMRC are taking great care of you and giving you lots of TLC. Looks like you are doing well so keep up the good work. Please drink lots of milk so you can grow bigger and stronger every day. Take care my sweet seal friend.

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