MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Salt of the Earth

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2349

Admitted on: 2023/08/06

Collection Site: Valdes Island

Reason for Admission: Maternal Separation, Underweight

Weight at Admission: 9.7 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 49 days (1 month, 2 weeks, 4 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: 2023/07/30

Weight at Admission: 7.7 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Patient Progress

Fish School Salt of the Earth is now in fish school. She is currently learning how to eat fish on her 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, Salt of the Earth will eat entirely on her own at which point she will graduate from fish school.

Patient Updates

She is bright and wiggly! Very energetic and gaining weight on formula.

Salt of the Earth is gaining weight well on formula!

She is beginning the weaning process! Her diet is now transitioning from formula to fish.

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

Salt of the earth is doing great in fish school and is eating on her own! She’s gaining confidence eating independently.

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