MMR Marine Mammal Rescue Centre Patient Directory

Out of the Blue

Patient Record

Species: Harbour Seal

Patient ID: PV2359

Admitted on: 2023/08/17

Collection Site: Hudson Island

Reason for Admission: Emaciated, Dehydrated

Weight at Admission: 10.4 kg

Patient Status: in care

Time in Care: 38 days (1 month, 1 week)

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: 2023/08/01

Weight at Admission: 6.4 kg

Mode of Transport: Harbour Air

Patient Progress

Fish School Out of the Blue 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, Out of the Blue will eat entirely on her own at which point she will graduate from fish school.

Patient Updates

Out of the Blue is settling down in her new tub after her transfer from the Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre.

She is now out of quarantine! Out of the Blue has also begun the weaning process, where her diet will be incrementally switched from formula to fish.

Out of the Blue has completed the weaning process! She’s now in fish school, where she’s learning how to eat fish.

Out of the Blue is eagerly gaining progress in fish school!

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