Rehabilitation season 2015

The first patient of the rehabilitation season 2015 was a female grey seal found by St. Petersburg citizens in the vicinity of Shepelevskiy Lighthouse at the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland.

The message about the first patient arrived on Friday evening 27 March. The animal was found by the citizens of the Leningrad Region strolling along the Gulf of Finland shore who called the hotline of the Baltic Ringed Seal Friends Fund. The pup was 5-7 days old, it was a little baby seal weighing 16 kilograms. The pup got rather far from the shore and was moving towards the forest. There was no cow around.

The animal was taken to the Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Centre and put to one of the isolation wards of the quarantine unit. The pup’s weight was insufficient for it to live on its own, it had severe dehydration and a small wound on its head.

On 10 April, the Centre received a new patient: a grey seal pup. The exhausted seal was found near the Schanz Fort in Kronstadt: it was creeping in the park within 200 meters from the gulf, screaming and clinging to the people passing by. The pup was put to an isolation ward of the Centre’s quarantine unit.

Two more patients, Ladoga ringed seals, were admitted to the Centre on 12 April. Their age was about one month. The first pup had been found near Lake Ladoga by the inhabitants of a settlement in the Leningrad Region Priozerskiy District. It weighed 4.1kg only. The second baby seal had been brought from the town of Priozersk; the animal was bleeding – birds had pecked at it.

On 13 April, the fifth patient, a female Baltic grey seal, was admitted to the Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Centre. Its age was between three weeks and one month, and it has been almost through its shedding period. The animal was exhausted, dehydrated and had no chance to survive without human help. The female seal weighed 16kg.

A fisherman who was fishing near the fifth Kronstadt fort caught sight of the baby seal. He reported about that to the RF FSB Border Guard Marine Inspection and they got in touch with zoologists. A motor-boat of the St. Petersburg Search and Rescue Team was used to save the seal pup.

The ninth patient was brought to the Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Centre from Vyborg on 20 April. The female grey seal had been found near the Vyborg Castle. It was noticed by concerned passers-by who called the MES rescue team. The team could save the pup and delivered it to Repino.

On 21 April, a Baltic ringed seal pup was admitted to the rehabilitation centre in Repino. The animal was found by the people walking along the shore near the village of Kandikula in the Leningrad Region Lomonosovskiy District. The pup was in an extremely critical condition.

On 3 May, a Ladoga ringed seal pup was delivered to the Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Centre. The male seal weighed 7.1kg. It had been found by Petersburgers on the Neva bank in Otradnoye (the Leningrad Region Kirovskiy District).

On 5 May, one more Ladoga ringed seal pup was brought to Repino. The female seal weighed just over 6kg – not enough to start an independent life. The pup had been found by local inhabitants not far from the town of Syasstroy in the Leningrad Region Volkhovskiy District. It was lying in shallow water of the Syass estuary.

On the Victory Day, 9 May, a female Ladoga ringed seal was brought to the Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Centre. It had been found on the western shore of Lake Ladoga, near the monument “Blockade Running” in the village of Kokkorevo, the Leningrad Region Vsevolozhskiy District.

The fourteenth patient, another female Ladoga ringed seal, was brought on the next day, 10 May. The pup weighed approximately nine kilograms. The baby seal had no visible damage or injuries, however, the little one suffered from a rather severe nutritional dystrophy and dehydration. It did not finish shedding. It had been found by Petersburgers on an outing at Vladimirskaya Bay coast (Lake Ladoga, near the town of Priozersk).

At night 19 May, a new patient was admitted to the Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Centre. The female Ladoga ringed seal had been delivered from Sortavala, Karelia. It weighed 6.6kg, had scars from birds’ beaks on its back and severe wounds on its hind flippers.

Patients of the Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Centre in 2015


On 8 June, the first three patients of the Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Centre in Repino, grey seals Number Five and Schanz, and the seal from the Vyborg Castle, were released into the Gulf of Finland. They found freedom on Kurgalskiy Peninsula. Photos of their release can be viewed here.