Treatment in the Animal Rescue program differs for each unique animal. Upon arrival, turtles, seals and other marine animals are given identification numbers and are given a full exam to determine their individual care plan.
Feedings are carefully executed to keep track of how much each patient is eating. Turtles are fed by staff using a long pair of tongs, to count how many squid, shrimp, and capelin are consumed. Seals have some of their food frozen into ice blocks, or “fishcicles,” to require clever manipulation.
In the last year alone, 39 rescued and released animals ate 785.8 pounds of food while in the Aquarium’s care!
Enrichment activities are also a crucial part of the animals’ day at the rehabilitation center. The rehab pool has a variety of “caves” and items to keep the turtles and seals busy. Food is hidden for seals in PVC pipes to promote hunting behaviors.
Both seals and turtles can exercise their natural instincts with boat buoys, heavy-duty hula-hoops, and even car wash strips than simulate kelp!
Stay tuned for more posts this week in honor of our Animal Rescue program’s 25th anniversary!