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!


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2 Responses

  1. Rachel

    Hooray for the Sea Otters! Hooray for the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre! Hooray for the Vancouver Aquarium! Save the Sea Otters!!!

  2. doris

    for the new otter with the swollen flipper through my own exprience i use MANUKA HONEY. the higher the grade the better. my cats have had infections on their paws, abscess on the side from cat fights,swollen paws,etc. it is natural and it works wonders. doctors are thinking of using it on people with diabetic ulcers.i am not a seller of the product. you have to go to a health food store. the one i bought the other day is called MANUKA HONEY IT HAS FOUR STARS ON THE FRONT REPRESENTING GOLD(18%) next level premium(20%). the new baby has only to gain his health and nothing to lose by giving him this product. it is not cheap gold cost me 35 dollars for 250 grams the premium cost 57 dollars which i did not have.
    keep an open mind and i think you will not be disappointed. good luck. doris


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