Earlier this month the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre took in an endearing and ever-adorable seal pup named Disco.
On July 10, Disco was found on Wise Island, about two kilometres off the west coast of Galiano Island. Disco was admitted to the centre as a patient because he was separated from his mother for so long he was left weak from lack of food. Under the rescue centre’s care though Disco is being fed a milk formula that mimics the milk he would receive from his mother.
Disco was recently featured on the rescue centre’s Instagram page where one of his more adorable features was pointed out.
“The slightly cross-eyed pups get us every time. Disco here is already melting hearts,” the post reads.
There have been 23 more seal pups rescued since Disco was brought to the centre, most admitted for similar reasons like being underweight or separated from their mothers. Like Disco, each of the pups is given their own unique name.
This year, seal pup patients are being named by the individuals who call them in. If the finder can’t think of one rescue centre staff asks them what they last ate and they go from there. This naming process has lead to seal pups being named Candy Corn, Oatmeal, Noodles or Lasagna.
After being forced to temporarily close due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic last year, the centre has returned to normal operations.
If you see a marine mammal in distress you can call the VAMMRC at 604-258-SEAL(7325) or Fisheries and Oceans Canada incident reporting hotline at 1-800-465-4336.