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Cover Story

Rescued Seal Pup Says Thanks and Good-bye

by Mike Wiley

This month's cover photo was taken by nature photographer Myles Clarke. As reported in the special feature on page 7 of this issue,


Myles discovered this abandoned seal pup while looking for shorebirds to photograph. He reported the pup to Island Wildlife Natural Care Centre on Salt Spring Island which took it into their care. She became known as Water Silk. When she was ready to return to the wild, she was released into Burrard Inlet.  Happy to be back in the ocean, she immediately swam away. A few minutes later, however, she returned to the shore to say good-bye to her rescuers. Looking into those big brown eyes for the last time was a very emotional moment, to say the least, for everyone involved in nursing her back to health.

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