British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2007-02-12 13:57:31

Grey seal pup call out, Montrose

I received a call from BDMLR Director Tony Woodley at 15.02hrs, saying that he had received a call from Tayside Police (Dundee), who had received a call from Donna Williamson (Member of the public) about an injured seal within our patrol area. I immediately set of to area (I was a stones throw away from it ) accompanied by fellow Medic Jacque Watt. Upon our arival, the seal (a grey), was in a position that would have made catching it difficult (as we are ourselves were in danger from 6ft Sea swells). Reinforcement Medics were called in to assist, Paul Horne, Willie Taylor and Kate Santer on standby, and were asked to bring the seal tank with them in the hopes that somehow it could be herded into an area that wouldnt put us in danger. However, noise from nearby spooked the seal and it slipped away with the current. We arrived back at homebase at 16.30hrs to dry off ( we were all soaked through from the torrential rain!), to be called yet again at 17.00hrs to the same seal in the same area! Back we went, faced with the same difficulties so decided to abort the operation for the evening and resume monitoring the next day. We are happy to report that what appeared to be a suspected injured left flipper (maybe from the pounding of the sea), our seal was observed yesterday February 14th with another grey in tow, displaying normal behaviour and using both front flippers. As monitoring is continuing we have refrained from mentioning the location of both these seals. Both are of excellent body weight (estimated at 45kg).

Thanks to Donna Williamson M.O.P / Tayside Police / BDMLR Tony Woodley / Medics Elaine Roft, Jacque Watt, Willie Taylor, Paul Horne, Kate Santer.

Elaine Roft
Marine Mammal Medic
Montrose / Arbroath Areas