We may only be halfway through the summer, but things at Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre are in full swing. Every which way you look, you see seals; in quarantine, out of quarantine, in pre-release pools. That happens with almost 80 rescued seals on site.

This week we’re going to take a closer look at a local pup that arrived at our Rescue Centre with one big story to tell. Meet PV1565 otherwise now known as “Bobby Orr.”

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue

A sawmill is not a good place for a seal pup!

Around dinner time on July 28, 2015, Brad Davies placed a call to the Rescue Centre. He was working a shift at the Flavelle Sawmill Company in Port Moody, B.C. when he spotted a seal pup in need of help. Most of the rescues that the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre handles are with seal pups on a beach or hauled out on docks or boats. This little seal pup however, had the misfortune of finding himself surrounded by log booms. Booms that happened to be at the top of one of the sawmill machines, moving along on a conveyor belt, approximately 36 metres up in the air.

Thanks to the quick actions of Brad and his coworkers, this baby seal was saved. They managed to safely get him down from the machine and placed him in a safe spot to wait until our Rescue Centre staff could arrive. On arrival to the sawmill, staff saw it was obvious there was no safe way this pup could be put back into the water. They would just be back out again, responding to the same situation. So Bobby made the trip back with our team to the Rescue Centre to start his rehabilitation so he can hopefully be released a bigger and stronger pup this fall.

Upon arrival, Bobby was assessed to be moderately dehydrated, and was given fluid therapy under his skin. He had a few little teeth erupting and an open umbilicus, but surprisingly for the situation he was in, he had no wounds on him. He is doing well and still receiving formula five times a day. Bobby Orr is one lucky pup!

Seal pup rescue centre

Bobby Orr is now rehabilitating at the Rescue Centre.

If you stay a seal pup in distress, stay a safe distance back and give our Rescue Centre a call at 604-258-SEAL. (7325). Please do not pick up the pup or move the pup unless absolutely necessary for its safety.

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, presented by Port Metro Vancouver and supported by Teekay Shipping, is a self-supporting, non-profit society and does not receive ongoing funds to provide around-the-clock care for its rescued and rehabilitated animals. You can help out Bobby Orr and other seal pups just like him by making a donation today.

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2 Responses

  1. Jim Budzilek

    We helped Lindae and John Thomas of Nelson Island bring in the seal pup Wayne Gretzky last Saturday and was wondering how he’s doing ? Is there a link you could share about him ?
    Thank you for your time and the wonderful work you all do.

    • Vancouver Aquarium

      Hi Jim, thanks for assisting with a seal pup rescue! “Wayne Gretzky” is doing well. We have been working to re-hydrate him and have started to fatten him up with formula. He is already starting to gain weight since he was admitted last Saturday which is a good sign. He was started on antibiotics as well as pain medication for some wounds that he has on his hind flippers. We’ll be posting some new pictures to our seal pup-dates album on the Marine Mammal Facebook Page later this week. Be sure to check it out for our latest updates!


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