[MARMAM] Gulf Islands Harbor Seal rescue update
Phocid at aol.com
Phocid at aol.com
Wed Sep 12 22:19:53 PDT 2007
Gulf Islands Harbor Seal rescue update.
Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Salt Spring Island, BC, a small
wildlife and marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation centre, is experiencing high
numbers of Harbor Seal pups in need of intervention. Island Wildlife is 1 of
only 2 facilities permitted to conduct seal rescue and rehabilitation in Canada.
Since June of this year, Island Wildlife has rescued 98 orphaned and injured
seal pups. 35 pups have since been released and 50 are still on site in
rehabilitation. The 11 year old facility consists of 24 isolation tubs and 7 fresh
water pools ranging in size from 8 foot diameter to 18 foot.
July brought the heaviest influx of animals totaling 65 for the month. June
and July also brought a record number of prematurely born pups (indicated by
full lanugo coats), totaling 30.
Healthy birth weight in this region is 10 to 11 kg. The average weight for
the rescued pups has been 7.2 kg. The lightest surviving pup was 4.5 kg.
The centre’s rescue area covers the Northern and Southern Gulf Islands as
well as the coast of Vancouver Island from north of Campbell River, down south to
Victoria and and back up the southwest coast to Tofino.
65% of this years rescues took place in the Gulf Islands. 30% from Vancouver
Island and 5% from misc. mainland locals such as the Jervis Inlet and Stewart,
BC, 1,600 km. away.
Rescues are executed through a well developed network of volunteers, drivers,
pilots (helicopter and seaplane) and existing ferry routes.
The husbandry and medical care is provided by 4 staff members and 9 onsite
interns. The seal team is headed up by Marielle Bonnet.
Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre
322 Langs Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K1N3
iwncc at aol.com
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