Each week this summer, a new animal rescued by the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre will be featured on this blog. Stay tuned for more updates!
On June 28, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre team received a call from Brad, who was working at a dryland timber sort near Port Alice on Vancouver Island. He had spotted an abandoned harbour seal pup floating on a log boom that was only accessible by boat. As the long weekend was fast approaching, Brad was concerned that no one would be around to keep an eye on the pup, so after consulting with Rescue Centre staff he radioed the only remaining crew boat out on the water to see if they could help.
After receiving advice from the Rescue Centre, crew members were able to delicately extract the young male pup off the boom and pass him to Brad onshore. From there, Brad placed the pup in a cardboard box and drove him to the North Island Veterinarian Hospital in Port Hardy, where he was given fluids and stabilized for the night.
The next morning Jackie Hildering (who happens to be the recipient of the Aquarium’s 2011 Murray A. Newman Award for Excellence in Aquatic Conservation) found a driver to transport the pup from Port Hardy to Campbell River. From there, thanks to the generosity of Pacific Coastal Airlines, the pup flew to YVR where he was picked up by Rescue Centre staff.
After his long journey, the pup, now named Titan, has settled into his temporary home at the Rescue Centre. In the coming months, he will be rehabilitated and, when he is ready, released back into his natural home.
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.
If you see a marine mammal that 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.