As of August 17, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has 108 harbour seal pups in rehabilitation, the second most number of animals that have been on site at one time. With multiple rescue calls coming in daily, this week we wanted to highlight a typical Rescue Centre day with seal pups Tom Brady and Eric Lamaze, rescued back-to-back by our animal rescue staff.
On August 16, the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre received a phone call from Astrid about a skinny harbour seal pup that has been in the same location for more than 24 hours at the Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver. While moms may leave their pups for periods of the day to feed, it’s uncommon they would love them for periods of 24 hours or greater. As this pup was only accessible by boat, Astrid offered the staff at the Rescue Centre a ride to assess the pup in person. The pup, later named, “Tom Brady” was found on the barge tired looking and showing signs of dehydration. Our staff decided he needed rehydration and brought him back to the Rescue Centre where he was assessed and given fluids.
While the team was out rescuing seal pup Tom Brady, the Rescue Centre received another phone call from Jane with regards to a small seal pup in distress along the waterline near Furry Creek. This seal, later named, “Eric Lamaze” was not moving or lifting his head and allowing the public to touch him. Jane was able to send pictures to the Rescue Centre for assessment and it was decided that he needed our team’s assistance. Staff had to quickly detour and drive from one rescue straight to another to rendezvous with Jane. Upon examination Lamaze did not appear to have any wounds, but his face was swollen from a possible reaction to a bee sting.
Currently, both pups are now receiving fluids, electrolyte solutions, and milk formula to help with stabilization. Thank you to Astrid, Jane, and Emily for calling in and assisting with the rescue of both these seal pups. If you spot a seal pup in distress, we ask you to stay a safe distance back and call the Rescue Centre at 604-258-SEAL (7325).
You can make a difference by donating to the Rescue Centre today. Looking for a unique gift idea? Just in time for the busy seal rescue season we’ve launched our newest Aquadopt kit – seals! Proceeds from each Aquadopt purchase help rescued seals like Eric and Tom as well as our other conservation, research and education programs.
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. Learn more about how your donation to the Rescue Centre helps seals like Tom Brady and Eric Lamaze.