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Kaouk - The Trailer Park Steller Sea Lion

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Satellite tracking of a male Steller sea lion released from the he Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre (MMR). more

A male Steller sea lion was brought to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre (MMR) on December 18, 2010. He was found the day prior, wandering around a trailer park in Port Alice, BC over 300 metres away from the ocean. Concerned citizens of the trailer park called Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Officer Greg Plummer came to assess the situation. The rescue centre was then called and pictures of the animal were sent to allow the staff to be able to evaluate the sea lion. It was noted by staff veterinarian Dr. Haulena that the animal looked underweight and dehydrated, and because of the unusual behavior of the animal, he felt that the sea lion should be brought into the rescue centre for more of an evaluation. Arrangements were made with DFO to collect and house the animal over night, so he could be on the first plane to Vancouver in the am via Pacific Coast Airlines. Once at the centre, “Kaouk” (as named by Greg Plummer) settled in nicely and was examined by staff. Despite being underweight and dehydrated, he seemed in fairly decent condition and was started on a diet of herring, which was slowly increased over time. As his herring amounts increased, so did his activity level and subsequently his waist line did as well. He ate very well from his first meal to his last at MMR, over doubling his weight from 50 kg, to over 110 kg! Once at a releasable weight and health, it was decided by DFO and Aquarium staff that he was happy and healthy enough to return to the wild. On March 17, 2011 he did just that and was released off the West Coast of Vancouver Island at Toquart Bary in Barkley Sound. Before he was released, Kaouk was outfitted with a satellite tag to be able to monitor his whereabouts. This site was established so you too can monitor his daily activity. Kaouk is the first Steller sea lion to be released from MMR and the first animal to be released from MMR outfitted with a satellite tracker. A big Thank you to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for your support and supplying the satellite and VHF tracking system for Kaouk. Dataset credit = DFO Strait of Georgia Ecosystem Research Initiative

Biology > Mammals
Marine, I, North Pacific, Eumetopias jubatus (Schreber, 1776)

Geographical coverage
I, North Pacific [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
17 March 2011 - 14 June 2011

Taxonomic coverage
Eumetopias jubatus (Schreber, 1776) [WoRMS]

Government of Canada; Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), moredata owner

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OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Monitoring: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-22
Information last updated: 2012-11-22
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