Seal pup rescued on Oak Bay shoreline

Seal pup rescued on Oak Bay shoreline


A seal pup who was rescued on the shores of McNeill Bay in Oak Bay on Thursday afternoon is now in the care of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

In photos taken at the scene, two Oak Bay officers can be seen carefully lifting the tiny marine mammal and placing it in a plastic bin lined with a pink blanket.

Staff at the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre remind the public that this is the start of pupping season along our coast, so at this time of year, you’ll sometimes see newborn pups left to rest while their mothers forage for food. The mother will usually come back.

Rescue Centre manager Lindsaye Akhurst says that the team is always cautious about taking action, and asks those who find a seal pup not to touch it and to keep their pets away.

They ask to call them and they’ll assess the animal, then decide if a rescue is needed, they can be reached at 604.258.SEAL (7325).

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