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Vancouver Aquarium - Rehabilitated Harbour Seal Pups

A project of Marine Mammal Rescue Centre in conjunction with the partners and sponsors detailed below.

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NameSpeciesLife StageRelease DateLast LocationDays Transmitted
Fresh Air Harbor SealPup2012-10-132012-11-2341
Frostbite Harbor SealPup2012-10-132013-01-1291
Lilac Harbor SealPup2012-10-132012-12-0957
Pixie Powder Harbor SealPup2012-10-132012-12-2573
Sea Serpent Harbor SealPup2012-10-132013-07-28288

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The Vancouver Aquarium has been involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals for almost fifty years. In that time, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has grown from admitting one or two animals in a season, to admitting over 150 in recent years. Animals receive expert veterinary treatment and supportive care to recuperate before they are released.

The Marine Mammal Rescue Centre is a hospital for sick, injured, or orphaned marine mammals. Throughout an animal's rehabilitation, a healthy, low-stress environment is essential in order to keep them true to their "wild" nature.

The primary goal of the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre is to provide housing and care for ill, injured, or abandoned marine mammals and rehabilitate them for release back into their natural habitat.

For the first time, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre is tracking five rescued and rehabilitated seal pups with satellite-linked transmitters to better understand their foraging behaviours and habitat use. The seals were released back to their natural habitat off the Sunshine Coast on October 13, 2012 and are being monitored by the Vancouver Aquarium and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to determine how the animals adapt to being re-introduced to the wild.

This allows for the opportunity to learn more about where the seals go after they receive hundreds of hours of rehabilitation, along with how far they disperse. Very little is know about their movements after they’re released. The satellite tags were glued to fur on top of the seals’ heads where they will stay attached until the seals moult in six to nine months.

Project Partners

Satellite tags and technical assistance were provided by Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6N7

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