August 12, 2014 6:45 pm

One hundredth seal pup rescued by Vancouver Aquarium

Praseodymium was found near Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver on August 6.

Courtesy: Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre has been keeping busy this summer.

The centre admitted its 100th seal pup rescued from local waters this season.

The seal that was named Praseodymium or “Pr” for short was found near Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver on August 6.

Two men spotted the newborn on a derelict float they were about to deposit into a debris bag.

The seal was removed from the water and transported back for assessment and medical treatment.

Praseodymium is now in the care of the rescue centre and is being handfed nutrient-rich formula five times a day.

The aquarium says they get anywhere from 100 to 150 seals in a typical summer, with an all-time record of 174 seals set in 2005, but this year, the number of seals is expected to climb even higher before the pupping season is over.

Praseodymium will be released sometime this fall if his recovery goes well.

If you see a stranded marine mammal, do not approach it and keep pets away.

You are asked to call the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre at 604.258.SEAL (7325) for immediate assistance.

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