Each week this summer, a new animal rescued by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, will be featured on this blog. Stay tuned for more updates!

This week’s rescue story is courtesy of Sion C., a veterinary technician at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

Over a 24-hour period, the Rescue Centre received numerous pictures and videos of a harbour seal pup seen at the very end of the jetty at Wreck Beach in Vancouver. It was noted that he appeared thin and had some blood on his head from a wound, so on July 11, 2013 we sent out a team to rescue him.


When our Rescue Centre team arrived at Wreck Beach, they discovered that to reach the seal they would have to navigate some pretty sharp rocks along the jetty for almost a kilometer. Thankfully, the three concerned citizens who called about the pup had remained at the end of the jetty waiting for the team to arrive and were eager to help rescue this little guy.

Upon our Rescue Centre team’s instructions, they wrapped him in a beach blanket and very carefully made the treacherous trek back to the sandy beach. From there, the pup was transferred into a carrying kennel and with the pup, we made our way up the stairs from the beach.

We couldn’t have helped this little guy, now named Orion, without the efforts of Nate, Will and Benson, as well as many other helpful members of the public. Thanks everyone!

As a self-supporting, non-profit organization, the Vancouver Aquarium does not receive ongoing funds to operate its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, but relies on community support to continue its work. To help us care for the hundreds of marine mammals we rescue and rehabilitate each year, please donate today.

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To view a list of our current patients, click here.

If you see a marine mammal you believe is in distress, contact us at 604-258-SEAL (7325).

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and supported by Teekay Shipping, is grateful for the support of its community partners.

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2 Responses

  1. James Oud

    Well done Sion C! And all others involved. Keep up the great work.

  2. Nate Romagnoli

    Thank you for allowing us to help him in the way that we did. It was an incredibly bonding experience for us all as friends.


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