: Spitz :
Species: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

7-8-12: A young harbor seal was found laying on a dock for a number of days. With permission through the ASLC, Bob Hickman picked up the seal and brought him to Homer by boat. Thank you to Bob, and to Pat Irwin of the Homer Stranding Network for assisting with the transport of the pup.

7-9-12: The pup - a male estimated to be about a month old - was named Spitz, after the Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz. He arrived at the ASLC's rehabilitation facility severely malnourished and with multiple puncture wounds. His wounds will be treated multiple times throughout the day, and he will be treated for an infection with antibiotics.

7-11-12: Spitz was offered fish last night, and ate them up right away! This confirms that he was already weaned when he stranded.

7-18-12: Yesterday Spitz was moved to a bigger indoor pool. So far he is doing well, diving deep to the bottom of the pool and hauling out on his own.

8-5-12: A lot has happened over the past two weeks! Spitz has moved to an outdoor pool, where he has been doing great. Today he was introduced to Aerial, and they have begun competing for fish.

8-27-12: Spitz has been spending the last few weeks in the largest pre-release pool. He's been socializing with the rest of the seals from the Homer area, and is competing well for fish.

9-2-12: Spitz is ready to be released! As long as his final blood draw shows that he is healthy, he will be released on September 9th.

9-9-12: Spitz blood work looked good, but he hadn't gained as much weight as his caretakers would have liked. He'll spend a couple more weeks at the ASLC to make sure he's ready before his release.

10-1-12: Today's the day! Spitz was released this afternoon in Homer, AK.


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