Another update from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre: long-term treatment has begun for yet another rare patient – a sea otter. The adult male sea otter, believed to be over ten years old, was recovered on July 9 from the shores of the Quinault Indian Nation through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s sea otter stranding program. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington, along with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and volunteers from the Northwest Marine Mammal Stranding Network provided immediate care to the sea otter for the past three weeks. He was transferred to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre on Wednesday, August 1, for long-term treatment.
The sea otter is in poor body condition with flipper trauma. The Centre’s priority is to monitor his behaviour and acclimate him to his new surroundings. Additionally, we will manage his daily caloric needs and conduct health assessments.
Thanks to a trans-border collaborative effort, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre staff, along with the Aquarium’s marine mammal team, have been assisting the U.S. facility with the rehabilitation of the injured otter since the rescue. With the help of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the sea otter was brought to Canada and was transported to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. The facility has the medical expertise and technical resources to provide the long-term treatment and care that he needs, which may include surgical care. Over the next weeks, Vancouver Aquarium’s marine mammal team will continue assisting the Rescue Centre staff and volunteers with medical care.
Vancouver Aquarium is recognized internationally for its high standards in animal care, which has led to the development of a comprehensive body of knowledge and expertise in animal rescues. We hope to use our solid assessment protocol and respected rehabilitation program to rescue, rehabilitate and return even more animals to their natural habitats.
Stay tuned for an update on our new patient!