These seals arrive in phase 2 after their stay in the intensive care enclosures, phase 1. The pools are still quite small, allowing the nurses to handle the seals when needed.

WHAT DO THE SEALS HERE EAT?

Depending on which patients are present in the phase 2 enclosure, the seals here are fed two to four times a day. The animals in this enclosure all eat herring. Some seals eat independently, which is why there is often some fish on the bottom of the pool. Other seals might still need to be force fed because they do not eat very well by themselves yet.

 

WHAT ARE THE RED LAMPS IN THE BACK FOR?

Healthy seals keep their bodies warm with a thick layer of blubber. The seals in phase 2 haven’t recovered enough of their strength and body fat to keep themselves warm. They can lie under the red heat lamps to keep warm.

 

LOOK, THEY’RE WAVING AT ME!

It might look friendly, but it isn’t! When seals wave their front flipper about, it is a sign of irritation. They are telling you to move away.

Zeehond 'zwaait' vanuit de quarantaine in de zeehondenopvang in Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen

WHEN CAN THEY GO TO PHASE 3?

The seal scan go to a phase 3 pool when they can eat independently and no longer need any medication.