The Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Center had its first “farewell party” this year


On 16 June five grey seals: females Palkina, Novikova and Aina and males Repin and Primorsk, were released into their natural habitat. The pinnipeds were released into the Gulf of Finland in the Leningrad Region Vyborgskiy District.

All leavers have put on enough weight to fly the nest, became stronger and detached from humans. The biggest patient was the seal pup Repin found near Vodokanal’s treatment plant in Repino on 8 April. Now its weight is 50kg, it is a physically vigorous and wild beast. The female seals Novikova and Aina have a lighter weight: 48kg and 43kg, respectively. Aina was brought for rehabilitation from Sosnoviy Bor on 30 March, and Novikova was saved by a police lieutenant in Sidorovskiy Canal, the Gulf of Finland.

The seal Palkina found by residents of the village of Sisto-Palkino on 23 March is the smallest of all leavers: its weight is 39kg. Palkina is meek, has never entered into a conflict with its neighbours in the adaptation pond and preferred solitude.

The seal Primorsk named after the town where he had been found on 18 April, was admitted to the Center with gaping wounds on its head and neck. By now, the seal has fully recovered and regained strength: its weight is nearly 42kg.

The patients who have passed rehabilitation successfully got the second chance to survive in their natural habitats in the Gulf of Finland.

There are 13 patients left at the Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Center now: 5 grey seals and 8 ringed seals (7 of them belong to the Ladoga subspecies and one, Baby Pusa, represents the most rare marine mammal species in our region: the Baltic ringed seal). The remaining seals at the Center are to gain strength; soon they will be transferred to the outdoor ponds where they will stay for another two or three weeks. As for the two Ladoga ringed seals, male Nanomekyorikke and female Pasha, they are likely to stay for rehabilitation till late summer. The other Ladoga ringed seals will be released in early or mid-July, - Elena Andriyevskaya, the Center researcher says.

The Baltic Ringed Seal Fund continues to collect donations for prolonged rehabilitation of little patients in this season. You can learn more about how to help the pinnipeds on the Fund’s website in the “How to Help Us” section.


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