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 Chellan R., registered veterinary technologist at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
Chellan chose to highlight two seals ‒ Pan and Vega ‒ because they were both rescued by members of the public who volunteered their boats to get these pups to safety.
Pan was spotted the weekend of September 21 by Laura, a concerned citizen, who could see the pup on a log boom just off her property at Butzen Bay in Indian Arm. She had been monitoring the pup and noticed, as time went by, that the pup was getting increasingly thin and weak. Having already been involved in the rescue of seal pups in the past, she knew to call the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. After speaking with Rescue Centre staff and sending along some photos of the pup, it was decided the pup would be rescued the next morning. As Pan was in an area that was inaccessible by road, Laura volunteered to use her boat to transport the pup to Deep Cove, where she was met by Rescue Centre staff. We are very thankful that Laura was able to help us out and give this pup another shot at life. Pan has multiple wounds on her back flippers, some of which are quite deep, so she is now being treated with antibiotics and is on the road to recovery.
Vega was rescued from Bowen Island by Alastair, a local veterinarian. A member of the public noticed that the pup had an eye injury, and brought the animal to Alastair. He recognized that the pup needed medical attention and contacted the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre right away. Rescue Centre staff immediately started looking up ferry schedules to try and coordinate the transfer of the pup, but Alastair kindly offered to transport Vega over from Bowen Island right to the Rescue Centre! Thankfully, Vega is now receiving the medical attention she needs and is eating fish like a champ. We hope that with the right treatment plan, she will be able to return to the wild soon.
The majority of seal pups admitted to the Rescue Centre are reported by concerned members of the public, and sometimes these individuals go above and beyond to help these little pups get to our Centre. We are so very thankful for Alastair and Laura for volunteering their time to help Vega and Pan!
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.