Wednesday morning seven seal pups got a new lease on life and were released back to the wild after being rehabilitated at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver, this summer. Most had arrived to the Rescue Centre when they were only a few days old, underweight and in distress from all across the B.C. coastline.

After a few months of dedicated care and a steady diet of formula and solid fish, most of the seal pups that are admitted to the Rescue Centre will be ready to be released sometime this fall. Seals must meet a number of criteria to be ready for release including a minimum weight of 20 kilograms, a clean bill of health and approved blood work. The seals are then socialized with other seal pups and conditioned in the Rescue Centre pools so that they will be prepared for life back in the ocean.

Seal release at Vancouver Aquarium

Slowly and cautiously they check out their new surroundings.

Wednesday’s seal release included Adamantium, Platinum, the cross-eyed Selenium, Iron, Magnesium, King Crimson, and Oxygen, who was featured in our Rescue of the Week story earlier this year.

With over 150 seal pups and one false killer whale admitted to the Rescue Centre this summer, our veterinary team certainly has their hands full, working around the clock to provide care to these animals.

Seal release at Vancouver Aquarium

Seals have made their way back to the water.

Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and supported by Teekay Shipping, is a hospital for sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals. With a cost of $50 a day to feed each and every seal, donations are greatly appreciated. Learn more about our dedicated staff and their amazing rescue stories by staying up to date on Facebook, Twitter or subscribing to our RSS feed.

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