This year’s naming theme of “Athletes” has created great opportunities for local Vancouver athletes to meet their namesake seal pups. Earlier this summer the Vancouver Whitecap players Kekuta Manneh and David Ousted visited the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, followed by Jenna Gregg, a swimmer out of Kingston, and most recently badminton player Toby Ng stopped by the Rescue Centre to meet Toby the seal.
Toby the seal was found at Garry Point in Steveston, on July 28, 2015. A bystander called the Rescue Centre in the morning saying she had spotted a seal that was looking very thin and was lying flat on the beach and not using his left front flip when moving. He appeared lethargic and only moved his head to look when approached by people. There were no signs of a mother seal in the area.
Shortly after the call came in, a staff member of the Steveston Harbour Authority also noticed the seal and spoke with team members at the Rescue Centre. The Harbour Authority was able to lend a hand in transporting this seal back the Rescue Centre where he was given the name Toby Ng following our “Athletes” naming convention for 2015.
When Toby the seal first arrived at the Rescue Centre he weighed only 8.7 kilograms and was very quiet. As time progressed, Toby became more active and has moved out of quarantine to a shared tub with seal pup Nautilus. He is eating well and exploring and playing well with the company of other seals. Toby has continued to gain weight since his arrival and now weighs 11.7 kilograms – well on his way to a healthy weight of 20 kilograms needed to be released.
As it turned out Toby Ng the badminton player who the seal was named after, was a friend of one of the volunteers that works at the Rescue Centre. Toby was thrilled to learn he had been picked as the seal name and paid the Rescue Centre a visit to meet Toby the seal.
“He seems competitive, just like me,” said Toby Ng when he met Toby the seal.
We wish both Toby the seal and Toby the person a very competitive and healthy future!
If you spot a seal pup believed to be in distress, please stay a safe distance back and call the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre at 604-258-SEAL (7325).
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 Toby Ng.