Four rescued seal pups have a new lease on life, after spending the summer at the Vancouver Aquarium
The harbour seals were being kept by the Marine Mamal Rescue Centre, and were released today into Porteau Cove Provincial Park.
The four pups, Ziggy, Bubbles, Siberia, and Sinbad were all picked up by the Aquarium in June and July on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, and were thought to possibly be premature.
All of them have put on significant weight while in care, in one case going from a mere six to 30 kilograms.
The Marine Mammal Rescue Centre is currently housing 68 other harbour seals.
The four pups have been fitted with satellite-linked transmitters attached to their heads with temporary, animal-safe glue.
The Aquarium says the trackers should stay attached to the amimals’ coats until they moult in about six to nine months.
Aquarium experts will be tracking their progress, but the public will also be able to through an online tool.