MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Wickaninnish Bay Reefs

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2337

Admitted on: 2023/07/29

Collection Site: RVYC Coal Harbour

Reason for Admission: Maternal Separation, Lethargic

Weight at Admission: 8.2 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 57 days (1 month, 3 weeks, 5 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: MMR Ambulance

Patient Progress

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

Patient Updates

He’s lost all his lanugo! Getting plumper by the day on formula.

Wickaninnish is now out of quarantine! He’s lost the last of his lanugo and is gaining weight well on formula.

He’s now weaning! Here he will slowly be switched over to a fish diet.

Wickaninnish is now in fish school! He’s making good progress learning to eat on his own.

Guestbook for Wickaninnish Bay Reefs

  1. Hi
    I was so happy to see an update on Wikkaninnish this morning. Thank you to the two ladies who came to rescue her, they were many of us at RVYC watching over her/him pending your arrival. We hope Wikkaninnish gets better soon and is released back into her home.
    Take care and thank you

  2. Hi,

    My dad and I found Wikkaninnish (I call him “Drifty”) clinging to a log drifting in the marina last Saturday. He really didn’t look good and seemed really tired. We wanted to make sure that he was safe so we told the dock manager and he called the Vancouver aquarium rescue team and they came really quickly.

    Thank you so much to the 2 rescuers for rescuing Drifty! I’m so happy to see that he’s doing OK and I promise to follow his story until he gets released.

    You guys are awesome.

    Thank you!


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