It was a pretty normal Tuesday for Sheldon Holloway when he saw something in the ocean that seemed out of place.
Holloway, who works for an Aquaculture Facility on Hardwicke Island, said he noticed an animal that he couldn’t identify, thrashing and rolling around in the ocean. Holloway called his coworker, Keith, and he was able to use a piece of equipment to zero in on the animal.
Holloway said that he didn’t know which species it was – that it looked like a cross between an otter and a seal. Regardless, the animal’s distress was clear.
He was doing circles, [s]he was kind of looking at me like [s]he was kind of scared. At the same time, [s]he couldn’t maneuver properly in the ocean. [S]he was just barrel rolling and thrashing. I could tell [s]he was malnourished, it was small. I knew [s]he needed help. – Sheldon Holloway
Keith had a connection at the Vancouver Aquarium, so they called and were able to identify the animal as a northern fur seal. The two made sure the tiny fur seal was safe, in a tote, and the Aquarium arranged for it to be picked up in Campbell River. From there, the pup was flown to Vancouver, and is now in the care of the Aquarium.
In a release published Tuesday, the Aquarium says that the pup (now named Mo after the Mowi salmon farm where she was discovered), is under intense observation and is being treated with subcutaneous fluids, gastric protectants, and antibiotics.