Each week this season, 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 Ellen, an office intern at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
On July 17, we received a call from Ash, a member of the public, who for the past hour had been observing a flat and lethargic seal pup near Clover Point in Victoria. The shoreline there is always busy with people and dogs, so the safety of this little guy was threatened. We were sent photos of the pup and upon seeing them we determined he was in need of rescue.
Ash was a big help during the whole process and took all the right steps during the rescue. We explained to him the proper way to place the seal pup in a plastic tub and drive him to Harbour Air. As always, Harbour Air was amazing in successfully booking the pup, now named Halo, on their next flight. Halo arrived at the Rescue Centre in Vancouver that evening and was given fluids and a safe temporary home where he could recover.
Fast-forward two months later: Halo was released back into the wild near Bowen Island on September 18. He energetically flipped out of his crate into the ocean and, with one final look back at us, started his new life. It was a special day for all of us because not only was Halo returned to the wild, but nine other rehabilitated pups were released at the same time as well.
Thank you to Ash for rescuing Halo, Harbour Air for flying him over to the Rescue Centre and Port Metro Vancouver for helping with the release of all 10 seal pups.
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.
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.