The final group of the rescued seal pups has left the care of the Vancouver Aquarium to go residence for the vacations.
After rehabilitation and remedy, seven pups had been launched into the Salish Sea at Iona Seaside Regional Park in Richmond, Dec. 18, able to return to their pure habitat.
Throughout two to 3 months in age, the pups had been transported to the seaside in small kennels to be launched just a few at a time. Whereas some waddled rapidly over the sand into the water, others weren’t as eager. Employees and volunteers needed to give some additional encouragement by slowly tipping the kennels till the seals slid out and on to the seaside. As soon as within the water, the seal pups bobbed round near shore till the entire group finally made it to the ocean.
Lindsaye Akhurst, supervisor of the Vancouver Aquarium Mammal Rescue Centre, mentioned the seaside as a super spot to launch the younger seals. “It is a good closed bay in order that they’re pretty protected for the primary short time in the event that they need to stick round. We all know that there are seals over on the opposite facet, so we all know there is a little bit of a meals supply right here to maintain them going.”
In 2018, 172 seal pups had been rescued and handled for rehabilitation on the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue, a hospital for sick, injured or orphaned marine animals. As a part of the Ocean Smart, a not-for-profit initiative, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue centre rehabilitates rescued animals till they’re decided wholesome for launch.
As soon as the seals are within the water, it varies how lengthy they keep within the space or the place they may journey. Akhurst mentioned satellite tv for pc hyperlink transmitters are positioned on the seal pups to watch their actions. In previous releases, some seals have made it so far as Vancouver Island inside every week’s time whereas others hang around on shore for just a few days.
The useful resource centre operates with the assistance of volunteers to ease the heavy workloads of workers. Akhurst mentioned some animals require 24-hour care relying on their preliminary situation, and the seals launched at present had been in care of the centre for about two months — nearly their whole lives.
“It’s very labour intensive at occasions, however as you’ll be able to inform, it’s very rewarding too,” Akhurst mentioned.
Among the many pups leaving Tuesday are Peanut Butter Cup, Pumpkin Cheesecake and Cinnamon Bun. Just one harbour seal stays on the centre present process remedy. There are not any plans for extra releases till subsequent 12 months.
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