Rehabilitated harbour seals are released back into the wild at Crescent Beach Saturday.

Rescued harbour seals released in South Surrey

The release of 11 rehabilitated harbour seals drew a small crowd to Crescent Beach Saturday.

Eleven harbour seal pups rescued from along B.C.’s coastline and rehabilitated were released back into the wild Saturday at Crescent Beach.

“It was a great day,” said Lindsaye Akhurst, manager of Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.

Harbour seals releasedThe volunteer-led event included the release of one pup – dubbed Cassiopeia – that was found on Crescent Beach in August.

Most of the mammals had to be rescued due to dehydration and malnourishment, Akhurst said. Of 66 brought to the rescue centre so far this year, 35 have been nursed back to health and released, 23 remain in care and eight have died.

Akhurst said another pup rescued off of White Rock beach in July was not among those given a new lease on life Saturday. Named Lynx, that youngster was released at the end of September in the Indian Arm area.

Akhurst praised the role volunteers play in the rescue centre’s success. They comprised a sizable number of the more than 100 people who were on-hand for the release, and deserve credit for the extensive work they put in to facilitate the pups’ rehabilitation.

“A lot of the grunt work is done by volunteers,” Akhurst said. “Our program would not be able to survive without our volunteers.”

For more photos from Saturday’s release, visit!/vammrc


Just Posted

Dominion Day celebrations set for South Surrey’s historic Stewart Farm

Old-fashioned fun and games run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29

It’s the start of a busy summer on the Peninsula

Activities and entertainment abound in July and August

Legacy of South Surrey rugby player comes ‘full-circle’

Joah Atkinson died in a Calgary crosswalk 16 years ago, but her memory remains strong

South Surrey inline-hockey player set for World Roller Games

Josselyn Drayson heads to Barcelona, Spain with Canada Inline team

Rocky Mountain high: Surrey’s Burzan picked in NHL draft by Colorado Avalanche

Guildford-raised forward currently in WHL with Brandon Wheat Kings

Protesters rally in Victoria over newly approved Trans Mountain pipeline

The Still No Consent! No Trans Mountain! 20 kilometre march will end at Island View Beach

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

VIDEO: Two more pride flags have been stolen from Langley woman

Lisa Ebenal was “angry” and “fed up” after the latest theft. Then people started showing suppport

B.C. couple who has raised 58 children turns to community amid cancer diagnosis

Family who raised, fostered and adopted many kids hoping to gain some precious together time to fight cancer

Canucks acquire forward J.T. Miller from Lightning

J.T. Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season

Most Read

l -->