Rescue & Rehab Journal

June 25, 2014

April, 21st 2015

After being observed on the beach for several days, the Alaska SeaLife Center Wildlife Response Team was contacted about a malnourished looking pup. With help from volunteers in Port Moller, the ASLC was able to get the pup to Cold Bay, where Biologist Stacy Lowe with the US Fish and Wildlife Service care for it overnight - thanks so much Stacy!! Both Grant Aviation and Pen Air donated flights to get the seal to Anchorage, where ASLC staff were able to pick up the animal and bring it back to our Rehabilitation facility in Seward.

June 26, 2014

April, 21st 2015

After an examination by ASLC veterinarinas, we know quite a bit more about our newest seal pup. She is a girl, estimated to be about 7 days old, and she has a lot of small wounds on her rear flippers. She is also quite dehydrated, so fluids will be administered on a regular basis.

July 9, 2014

April, 21st 2015

We have a lot of exciting things to share about this little seal pup. First off, she pup has a name, Sphinx! Also, Sphinx had a vet exam yesterday and has been taken off her gastric medications. Her flipper wounds are healing up nicely, and she is swimming in deeper and colder water.

August 5, 2014

April, 21st 2015

With a little practice, Sphinx has learned to eat fish offered by staff. The next step will be getting her to eat them in water, and finally on her own, but this is a great first step!! She also moved to an outdoor condo today and will be spending the night outside!

August 21, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Sphinx is eating fish!! After a lot of work by our staff, she has finally figured out that fish in the water are her meal. She ate everything that was thrown into her pool today completely on her own! Go Sphinx!! She also received a flipper tag today, ASLC #144. This tag will help observers identify her if she is seen in the wild.

September 28, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Staff added some live salmon to Sphinx's pool today, and she did a great job catching them! She found them all very quickly, so staff are confident that she will do very well in the wild, and are beginning to plan for her release. 

October 7, 2014

April, 21st 2015

Two of our ASLC staff accompanied Sphinx, Kilimanjaro and Sahara to King Salmon for the release today! All three girls stopped and splashed on some puddles on the way into the water, but once they felt the ocean they were off!! Good luck in the wild Sphinx, and thank you to everyone involved in her rescue and release!


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