It’s been a few days since we’ve updated on the 2012 patients. So far, we have only admitted 3 grey seals to MARC. Winter seals (greys, harps* and hoodeds*, *which we have yet to see this year) are typically very fast to put through the rehabilitation process. These greys/hooded/harp seals tend to be a more durable variety than our young summer harbor seals, which often take months to get through to release.
And so, though it seems like our grey seals have just arrived, they are actually making quick progress towards release and we hope to send them back to sea in the near future.
Rigatoni (Above, Left) – arrived on Valentine’s Day (2/14/12) – cold, tired and fairly skinny. He underwent a short course of antibiotics when he couldn’t seem to bounce back from his extreme lethargy. Perhaps he was suffering from loneliness or a broken heart. Whatever was causing his low-energy, after the medications and some fish in his belly, he started to bounce back. He now spends his days swimming and playing with Capelli, and putting on a nice weight from the fish he’s consuming. Rigatoni will be having a release physical tomorrow and we may release him in the next few weeks.
Capelli (Above, Right) – Arrived in the early part of January (1/10/12). The earliest and youngest grey seal we’ve seen at MARC. She arrived in good body condition, but still wearing a full white, lanugo coat. Capelli received our grey seal milk formula for a few weeks before she transitioned to a diet of fish. She now has a beautiful light grey coat covered with dark spots. She is nearly 70 pounds now and has been approved for release by our vet. She’s hanging out at MARC for an extra week or two to thicken up her blubber layer and to offer some temporary companionship to Rigatoni while he puts on a few pounds.
Fettucine (Above) – Just arrived a short week ago (2/28/12) from Fortune’s Rock Beach… only a few miles from MARC. Because he is the newest patient, Fettucine is in isolation until we can be sure that he won’t pass any illnesses to our other patients (this is a standard practice at MARC). Isolation includes a nice salty pool and plenty of fish. If Fettucine gets a clean bill of health, he’ll be moved into the community pool in no time. As of now, he has a healthy appetite, but is still working his way towards normal energy and body weight levels. Other than a small scratch on his rear flipper, he has no obvious wounds or injuries. His release will be a little further in the distance, but he’s making small steps already.
Keep an eye out for more updates and release notifications… we’ll keep you in the loop!