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


2007-10-11 15:44:08

First Pup of the Season

Following an extremely calm start to the Autumn, the first grey seal pup of the season appeared on 11th October 2007. Area Co-ordinator Dave Jarvis was spending a few days on holiday in North Devon, when he received a telephone call from RSPCA ACO & medic Jon Phipps to advise that a seal pup had been observed on the rocks at the rear of the Pedn Olva Hotel in St Ives. Dave immediately contacted Tim Bain, who is the other Co-ordinator for Cornwall & lives in the town. Dave also informed Head Office & the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek of the report.

Tim quickly made his way to the scene on foot & soon located the animal, which he described as being ‘small enough to get in a shoe box’. He secured the location & advised Gweek of the situation. Jon Phipps then arrived to assist, despite having a hand in plaster. Clare McGowan, a member of their Animal Care Team was soon on the scene to tube feed the small pup & transport it for rehabilitation at the Sanctuary. We have subsequently learned that the pup weighed only 11kg.

Dave Jarvis
Cornwall Area Co-ordinator