Releasing Rehabilitated Marine Mammals

Animals needing onsite care are brought to our Rescue Centre located in Vancouver, B.C., where they receive world-class care from our veterinary, animal care and volunteer teams. As the only facility of its kind in Canada, VAMMR is often the only hope for sick, injured or orphaned marine animals.

The goal for every patient is a successful rehabilitation and release back into the ocean.

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Release Criteria

We've established criteria to ensure that any marine mammals being released into wild populations have the best possible chance of long-term survival.  Each release candidate is given a thorough exam to ensure that they're clinically healthy and free from disease. They must also be at a satisfactory weight for their species. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is the authority that makes the final decision on whether an animal can be released.

Release Sites

Once the final examination is complete, we prepare to release the animal back to the wild with a second chance a life. Release days are incredibly rewarding for the staff and volunteers who have worked hard to help a marine mammal recuperate.

The animals are taken to various release sites that are carefully selected by the Marine Mammal Rescue and Rehabilitation team. Release locations are usually sheltered, calm bays or coves, where newly released animals can take some time to readjust to life in the wild.

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Post-Release Tracking

Before their release back into the wild some patients are outfitted with satellite-linked transmitters, which will provide valuable data to our veterinary team, including the animal’s post-release travel patterns and progress.

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Success Stories

We have been involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals since 1960. Over the decades we have rescued, rehabilitated and successfully released thousands of animals. Learn more about some of the animals given a second chance at life thanks to people like you.

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If you see a marine mammal that you believe is in distress, call us: 604.258.SEAL

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