Rescue & Rehab Journal

May 22, 2014

April, 20th 2015

A seal pup was found late in last evening by a group of kayakers at Northwestern Glacier in Resurrection Bay. The pup was skinny, and was approaching people. An ASLC Stranding staff member was sent out to the glacier to assess the pup today. The pup has been there for over 24 hours, and was determined to be abandoned. It was brought back to ASLC for rehabilitation.

May 27, 2014

April, 20th 2015

Each year, the rehabilitation animals are named within a theme. The theme for this year is International Landmarks. This pup was given the name Machu Picchu. This name was chosen by Chuck and Shirley Coulson, who made a generous donation to our rehabilitation program this year. Thank you for your donation!

June 8, 2014

April, 20th 2015

At the last check-up it was determined that the seal has a mild case of colitis, meaning he has some trouble digesting his food. He has been started on a few medications, and is slowly being transitioned to a fish formula that will prepare his stomach for when he starts to eat fish.


June 21, 2014

April, 20th 2015

Machu Picchu has started eating fish! He has been weaned off his fish formula and is now consuming herring about 5 times a day! He is also spending nice days in an outdoor enclosure called a condo.

July 4, 2014

April, 20th 2015

Happy 4th of July! Machu Picchu is celebrating the holiday with lots of ice on the deck of his new pool! He moved in a few days ago and is doing great!


July 16, 2014

April, 20th 2015

A lot has happened over the last week or so! Machu Picchu had a blood draw to ensure that he is completely healthy, was flipper tagged in preparation for his release, and moved to a larger pool with Machu Picchu, where staff plan to have Everest and Tigris join them soon! His flipper tag is in his Left rear flipper because he is a male, and is #ASLC 131. 

August 12, 2014

April, 20th 2015

Today, staff applied a satellite tag to the fur of Machu Picchu's back. The tag sits on bright orange mesh, that helps the tag stay attached until Machu Picchu molts his coat next year. It also has a transmitter that will show us his location via satellite signals.

August 19, 2014

April, 20th 2015

Today staff and interns from the Alaska SeaLife Center's Wildlife Response Team released Machu Picchu into the beautiful water of Northwestern Glacier. He hopped right out of the kennel and swam off with only a short look back at the boat. A huge Thank You goes out to Major Marine Tours who generously donated the transportation for the seal out to the glacier, Thank you!! Good luck in the wild Machu Picchu!


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