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 Kim C., a veterinary technician at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
This little harbour seal pup has a great rescue story. At around 9 p.m. one evening, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre received a call from Grant, who was out paddle boarding near Wreck Beach. He reported that a young seal pup was coming up to his paddle board and suckling the board looking for food. Grant wasn’t able to rescue the pup because he was on his paddle board, so he contacted his friend Tyson who owned a boat.
After contacting the Rescue Centre and receiving instructions from the Centre’s staff, Tyson was able to get the female pup out of the water and secure her. He was then kind enough to transport her in his boat over to the Vancouver Police Department dock, which is located next door to the Rescue Centre. From there, it was easy for our rescue team to pop over and pick up the pup, now named Rosette. As soon as Rosette arrived at the Centre, she was started on fluids and was fed an electrolyte solution. She’s now being fed a special milk matrix formula five times a day and, if all goes well, she will be released back into the wild in the coming months.
Thank you Grant, Tyson and the Vancouver Police Department for all your help in making sure Rosette made it to the Rescue Centre safely.
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.
You can also help us by voting daily for the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Centre during Jamieson Laboratories’ “Call for the Wild!” annual campaign. Visit facebook.com/jamiesonvitamins through September 15 to cast your vote.
To view a list of all the Rescue Centre’s current patients, click here.
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.