Our River Otters in care are growing up! We are introducing them to live crab for live prey training, so they will be more adapted to hunting on their own when released back into the wild.
On August 29th we released our first 4 seal pups of 2015. They had all been brought to us as young, injured or separated pups in June and early July.
ZIRCON was seen alone in Squalicum Harbor for two days and was trying to suckle on boats. He was picked up by Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network and sent to Wolf Hollow on June 9th – our first pup of the season. He was only 3 or 4 days old, weighed 21 pounds and had an umbilical infection and a scratch on his eye.
When he was released, Zircon weighed 59 pounds and had hat tag E7.
SUNSTONE was seen alone on the beach in front of houses in the Sandy Point area, Ferndale for some time, and was stranded on the beach when the tide went out. He was picked up by Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network and sent to Wolf Hollow on June 30th. He was ~ 5 days old, weighed 22 pounds and was dehydrated.
When he was released Sunstone weighed 53 pounds and had hat tag E4.
CINNABAR was aloneon a busy beach near Semiahmoo when he was attacked by a dog. He was picked up by Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network and sent to Wolf Hollow on July 4th.
He was ~5 days old, weighed 25 pounds, had wounds on his head and flippers and breathing problems. When he was released he weighed 62 pounds and had hat tag E5.
MICA was on his own on the shore at Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island for over 24 hours. He was picked up by San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network and brought to Wolf Hollow on July 12th.
He was~ 6 days old, weighed only 17.4 pounds, was lethargic, emaciated, dehydrated, and had an infected umbilicus.
When he was released Mica weighed 54 pounds and had hat tag E6.
Hat tags are small, light-weight, upright tags that are stuck to the fur on the top of the seal’s heads. If you see a seal with tag and can read the number, please call the San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Networks number 1-800-562-8832 to report the time and location of the siting.
We collaborated with 7 other Stewardship Network organizations to set up the “Green Village” at San Juan County Fair again this year. We had education displays and activities and each organization decorated a hole in an Island Mini-Golf course. Our hole had the theme of a Chickadee trying to get to her nest to feed her babies while avoiding hazards such as a cat, dog, car and window. Thanks to the artistic talents of Education Assistant, Tate Thomson, and volunteer Jerry McElyea’s expertise with a skill saw, our golf hole looked really good and was robust enough to survive the rigors of 4 days of use.
In case you’re wondering how many Harbor Seal orphans we have in care right now. . .
We have NINE!
Harbor Seal pups are often orphaned or separated from their mothers and are brought to us for care.
Here’s a few photos of this season’s pups: