Thanks to this video we can all relive the moment when five harbour seals belly-flounced their way back to the wild West Coast waters they call home.
The seals were released at Blackie Spit Park in Surrey on Sunday (Oct. 24), representing the final step in the seals’ rehabilitation at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
Each harbour seal in the MMRC's care receives their own unique name, usually bequeathed by the person who found them. In this case, the released harbour seals included Queso, Hula, Shuffle, Noodles and Quick Step.
Four out of the five were admitted to the MMRC because of maternal separation. Quick Step was released after 81 days, Shuffle after 86 days, Hula after 90 days, Queso after 97 days and Noodles was released after 102 days.
Thankfully, these five seals aren't the only success stories the aquarium is able to tell.
"We respond to 150 plus harbour seals each year and, on average, have an 80-85% release rate," says Vancouver Aquarium spokesperson Todd Hauptman. On average the rescued seals spend 10 to 12 weeks on site.
Aside from harbour seals, the MMRC gets over 500 cases of marine mammals called into the centre each year.