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Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation – AMWRRO

Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO), providing a rescue and rehabilitation service for our incredibly unique Australian marine wildlife species.

Found an injured marine animal?

Seal Season has Arrived Across Australia

Thermal regulating seal with fore and hind flippers exposed
Thermal regulating seal with fore and hind flippers exposed

Now well into spring and with summer fast approaching many seals (both sea lions and fur seals) are often found in shallow water thermal regulating.

Thermal regulation is a completely normal behaviour and some individuals will do this for hours at a time.

Seals do this to regulate their body temperature (either warm up or cool down by using the sun or wind on their fore flippers and hind flippers or at times, both at the same time); this can at times look like the animal has perished and is slowly floating ashore but is not the case.

AMWRRO receives approximately 2000 – 3000 calls each year by concerned beachgoers from across Australia with regards to thermal regulating seals and in particular from across Adelaide’s metropolitan beaches.

As wonderful as it is knowing there are so many concerned people out there willing to make the call for assistance, we do at times get abused for not acting on their suspicion that the animal is in dire need of assistance due to an entanglement, shark attack, sickness or is already dead and floating ashore.

Thermal regulating seal close to shore

Thermal regulating seal close to shore

If you are lucky enough to see a seal floating inshore with flippers pointing upright; you’re one of the lucky ones that is witnessing a wild animal thermal regulating.

South Australia is one of the luckiest States in Australia due to the diversity of seal and sea lion populations that are located within our waters verses that of other States, this does however mean South Australian’s are much more likely to see one of these amazing animals along your favourite stretch of coast line especially in the warmer weather.

Much like elephants that use their large ear veins to cool themselves down whilst flapping and pumping blood through them, seals do exactly the same thing but instead of using their tiny ears, they use their large flippers.  Seal fore and hind flippers have large veins running through them that allow circulating blood to warm up or cool down – a very clever design for an animal that has thick blubber and fur which means they need all the help they can get to maintain a comfortable body temperature.

Beachgoers watching from a safe distance

Beachgoers watching from a safe distance

If you are lucky enough to witness this natural behaviour please remember the following facts:

  • Enjoy, photograph and watch these animals from a safe distance
  • Do not attempt to feed these animals (this is an Offence under the National Parks and Wildlife Act)
  • These animals are wild and can become aggressive if approached too closely or cornered
  • In South Australia there is a 30m no approach zone for all seals in or out of water (this is an Offence under the National Parks and Wildlife – Marine Mammals Regulations)
  • Please keep your dogs leashed whilst on any beach as this is a “shared environment” which is used by many marine species and all of which consider any and all dogs to be alpha predators

If you have any concerns regarding marine wildlife that you would like clarified or confirmed please feel free to contact AMWRRO on the 24 hour phone numbers 08 8262 5452 or 08 8378 3364

Orphaned and in Extreme Pain

Almost done

Almost done

Dressing Gabby's feet in the AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic

Dressing Gabby’s feet in the AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic

Gabby recovering on a heat mat

Gabby recovering on a heat mat

Meet Gabby a very young Western Grey Kangaroo now orphaned as a consequence of the recent Sampson Flat bush fire. If that’s not bad enough; Gabby was found in extreme pain due to badly burnt feet and paws she sustained whilst fleeing the fire ground.

Still dependent on Mum for milk, guidance and protection – young Gabby is very lucky to have been rescued by Country Fire Service (CFS) and Native Animal Network personnel.

Gabby was immediately rushed to AMWRRO for emergency treatment in the hope she wasn’t too badly burnt and after a lengthy admission and treatment to her paws and feet, Gabby has been given a second chance and is now in minimal pain and receiving around the clock care.

Admitted to the AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic – Gabby is still very dehydrated and will undergo burn and fluid treatment until she is considered stable.

Special thanks to all those dedicated CFS and Native Animal Network personnel who are finding these animals and giving them a chance.   

Sampson Flat Bushfire Victims Start Arriving at the AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic

Jeremy receiving much needed treatment

Jeremy receiving much needed treatment on all four burnt paws

A fantastic effort by four agencies (CFS, Native Animal Network, Fauna Rescue and AMWRRO) working together for the best outcome for Jeremy a young male koala and the first bushfire victim to pass through the AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic.  Jeremy has been assessed and all four paws treated for second-degree partial thickness burns, he is doing very well and is in great spirits. Thank you to all involved in his treatment thus far and for anyone wanting to support the AMWRRO Wildlife Clinic please feel free to donate via the donate now button on the home page. Your support is greatly appreciated and will help save thousands of live.