MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Carlson Reef

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2336

Admitted on: 2023/07/28

Collection Site: Quadra Island

Reason for Admission: Marine Mammal Disturbance

Weight at Admission: 9.2 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 58 days (1 month, 4 weeks)

Current Habitat: Ellie 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 Ellie Pool with Carlson Reef:Party Animal, Warrior Rocks

Transfer History

Received from: (Direct to MMR)

Mode of Transport: Pacific Coastal Airlines

Patient Progress

"Training" Pool Carlson Reef 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

Carlson is now out of quarantine! He’s gaining weight well on formula.

Carlson has started weaning! Here his diet is slowly transitioning from formula to fish.

Carlson has completed the weaning process and is now in fish school!

Carlson is now eating confidently on his own! He’s now in Cali with Chill Pill and Darcy, where he will learn to socialize and compete for fish.

Carlson is now in Ellie! Here he’ll be able to learn how to compete and socialize with other animals.

Guestbook for Carlson Reef

  1. We are so excited to hear that Carlson Reef is doing well!
    My 7 year old son, Blake, had a special attachement to this seal when we found him swimming frantically in Rebecca Spit on Quadra Island. Blake wanted to make sure he was safe and he kept a dutiful eye on him from his kayak for over an hour. We were hopeful this baby seal’s mother would return as he was swimming really well, but then the seal became tired so Blake and a very nice family called for rescue. We are looking forward to checking on the updates on Carlton Reef!! Thank you so much to your team for rescuing this sweet seal!

  2. The seal pup was exhausted swimming back and forth for hours in front of a very busy waterfront beach full of people, dogs and boating activity. A huge thank you to young Blake who was very concerned about the pup and the Quadra Island volunteer and her daughter who came to pick up the seal pup and transported it to the plane. Thank you for the amazing work you do at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre!

  3. Our sweet nature boy grandson Blake drew attention to those that could help this lost little pup. We are very proud of him. We are looking forward to updates about Carlson Reef. Thank you for what you do.

  4. Thank you so much for the work you do! I love reading the updates about Carlson Reef – and the others as well!!

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